Our opportunity to salute the best programs and people working to enhance Jewish life in all facets of our community is through the many awards we grant each year. We are extremely proud of the recipients who receive these awards and the contributions they have made.
Sinton Award for Distinguished Leader of the Year
The Sinton Extraordinary Leader Award is given in honor of volunteer leadership in the Jewish community, as exemplified by Robert Sinton, a businessman and community leader whose dedication to the Federation and many other Bay Area organizations spanned more than five decades. It embodies his concern for Jewish communal volunteer involvement and includes a financial stipend to a Jewish agency or organization chosen by the recipient.
Judith Chapman Memorial Women's Leadership Award
The Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Fund was created as a permanent endowment fund in memory of Judith Chapman, an esteemed volunteer leader, friend and member of our Jewish community. Judith Chapman was a mentor for many and this fund honors and assists women who reflect and perpetuate Judith Chapman’s ideals, values and commitment. This permanent fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund will be used to make grants towards Jewish projects at home and abroad that empowers women to achieve, and provides future leadership training programs. 2013 Judith Chapman Nomination Form
The Fund honors a woman from the Federation’s service area who exemplifies significant and sustained volunteer leadership, and who values her Jewish identity and the importance of tzedakah in her life. This year, the award will be presented at the Women’s Philanthropy’s Power of One event.
Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award
Honoring the first president of the Jewish Community Federation, the Annual Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership, inaugurated in October of 1959, recognizes an outstanding young leader in the local Jewish community.
Awards of Excellence
The Jewish Community Federation's Awards of Excellence
salute the best people and programs working to enhance Jewish life in our community. The following awards are presented at our Annual Meeting:
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards
Based on the Jewish concept of tikkun olam
(repair of the world
), the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards
seek to recognize teens who are exceptional role models in their communities and beyond. Each year up to five deserving teens ages 13-19 from throughout California are awarded $36,000 for community service and for demonstrating outstanding leadership and commitment to improving the world around them.
Helen Diller Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education
The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education
were established in January 2001 to recognize and honor educators, in institutions offering pre-collegiate programs in Jewish education, who have made an extraordinary impact on the youth of our community.
Professional Advisor of the Year Award
Presented at JCEF’s annual Tax and Estate Planning Seminar, this award is bestowed on a tax and estate planning or financial professional who is regarded among the advisor’s peers for unparalleled commitment to clients, consummate leadership, and unselfish dedication of time and talent to the Jewish and general communities.
The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award is a national award presented to up to 65 teachers throughout the USA based on significant contributions to classroom teaching and carrying with it funds for professional development and a cash award.
Haas/Koshland Memorial Award
Each year the Jewish Community Endowment Fund invites students to apply for the annual Haas/Koshland Memorial Award
. The grant, which is given by the descendants of Walter A. Haas, Sr. and Daniel E. Koshland, Sr., funds a year of study and personal development in Israel. See a list of past winners
. For more information, email Henry Velasco at HenryV@sfjcf.org
Harvey Koch Leadership Award
The Harvey Koch Leadership Award was established in 1991 to honor Harvey Koch, a pioneer in helping to develop the local Federation community on the South Peninsula and the first president of the Federation's South Peninsula Council. The award is presented to a South Peninsula leader who has made a significant and lasting contribution over many years to this community.
Jim Brooks Achievement Award
The Jim Brooks Achievement Award was established in 1995 to commemorate the memory of Jim Brooks, who dedicated himself to carrying on the work that his father-in-law, Harvey Koch, had begun many years before. Jim served with distinction as president of the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center. He was a long-time member of Congregation Beth Am and a friend to many in the community. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the South Peninsula community within a relatively short period of time, and who has shown potential for future leadership.
Anne and Robert Cowan Writers’ Fund
The Anne and Robert Cowan Writers’ Fund has been established to recognize and award writers who have made an exceptional impact in the Bay Area through their uniquely Jewish perspective. The 2010 winner is Fred Rosenbaum. Learn more
Awardees must be published Jewish writers who:
reside in the greater San Francisco Bay Area;
are considered exceptionally gifted by their peers and readers;
write with a high degree of creativity and intelligence;
include positive Jewish themes in their subject matter; and
refer to Israel in a supportive and constructive manner.
The Machiah Foundation Israeli Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program
The Machiah Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties, was initiated as a generous two-year fellowship program to enable promising Israeli PhD and MD-level scientists to pursue advanced basic research training in the life sciences in the United States. Update: Applications will not be accepted this year. Learn more