Federation and JCF to Honor Five at Annual Meeting

The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and the Jewish Community Foundation are pleased to announce today that five individuals and one organization will be honored with awards at its Annual Meeting, scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on August 29, 2011 at Comedy Works South at the Landmark, located at 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village.

The award recipients are:

  • Judy Robins—Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Elaine Asarch—Volunteer of the Year
  • Bruce L. Plotkin—Special Leadership Recognition Award
  • American Jewish Committee—Partner of the Year
  • Daniel Feiner—Ruth and Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award
  • Lisa W. Perlmutter—Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Judy Robins | Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to the individual who has devoted continuous time, energy, leadership and talent to building and sustaining Jewish life in Colorado, Israel and around the world.

We are proud to award Judy Robins, Federation’s past Coordinating Council Chair, with our highest honor, Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her long-standing commitment to community service,” said Doug Seserman, Federation’s president and CEO.  “Judy is a role model for current and future leaders in the community and this award is a tribute to her dedication, leadership and volunteerism.”

Robins is a local business owner who has been actively involved in the Jewish community for over 30 years. She made the decision to become active in the community during the Yom Kippur war of 1973.  Since that time, she has served in a variety of lay leader roles for Federation including Coordinating Council Chair, Annual Campaign Chair, Young Women’s Campaign Chair, National Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Officer and JFNA’s National Women’s Board.  She is also the founding chair of both the Lion of Judah division and the JFNA’s Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet for Federation.  In 1992, Robins was awarded Federation’s Gold Meir award.

In addition to Federation’s work, Robins is an active volunteer throughout the rest of our community, including Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) board member, a member of the executive committee of the American Friends of Livnot U’Lehibanot, a former board member of BMH-BJ Synagogue and a former Denver Art Museum board member.


Volunteer of the Year Award

Elaine Asarch | Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to the individual who has demonstrated during the past year a truly extraordinary commitment to furthering the mission of Federation through fundraising, leadership, and other activities.

During the past year, Elaine Asarch has served as Federation’s Annual Campaign Chair.  In this capacity, she helped us to raise more than $10.5 million for the Federation’s 2011 Annual Campaign.  Asarch worked diligently to engage more lay leader volunteers and build awareness and understanding of Federation’s mission.

Judy Robins, chair of the Federation’s Coordinating Council, stated,

Elaine served as a catalyst helping us to deliver against Federation’s mission to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world.  She has built a cadre of new volunteers, who have dedicated time and energy last campaign season and who will continue to help us moving forward.  Elaine’s warmth, passion, commitment and leadership are truly exemplary.  She has devoted countless hours of her time and energy to help Jews at home and around the world.  We are proud to honor her as Federation’s Volunteer of the Year.”

Asarch has served in a variety of lay leader position at Federation, including Women’s Department president, Womens’ Dept. Campaign chair, National Young Leadership Board, National Womens’ Philanthropy Board , Jewish Community Relations Council chair, and Israel, National and Overseas chair.  She also has been active in our community, serving on other committees including Anti-Defamation League board: Governors Holocaust Remembrance Program Chair, Allied Jewish Apartments board member and AIPAC National Leadership Council.  Additionally, she is the founder of the Community Help and Abuse Information, which is housed at Jewish Family Services, the Civic Center Conservancy and the Colorado steering committee for the Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program.


Special Leadership Recognition Award

Bruce L. Plotkin | Special Leadership Recognition Award

In recognition of extraordinary leadership efforts, Federation is proud to award Bruce L. Plotkin with the Special Leadership Recognition for three years of service, leading the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF).

We are extremely grateful to Bruce,” said Judy Robins, Federation’s Coordinating Council Chair.  “Not only did Bruce serve as the Foundation chair for three years, extending his two year term, but he took the helm in turbulent times during the worst recession in recent memory.  During his tenure, he helped to build and improve the Foundation, including designing a successful new investment platform.”

Plotkin, outgoing chair of the JCF, has been an active volunteer in Colorado and the Jewish community for over 15 years.  In January 2012, he will become President of the Colorado chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

In 1996, he became actively involved with Federation through fundraising and chairing various divisions including Federation’s Major Gifts campaign.  He also served as Federation’s Planning and Allocations chair, where he oversaw a three-year transition of Federation allocations to a system of grants based upon community priorities.  Plotkin was a member of the JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet where he held several leadership positions.  A long time member of Federation’s endowment committee, he was a founding director of the JCF.

Throughout our community, he has been involved with several other Jewish organizations including the American Jewish Committee, Temple Emanuel and BBYO.  He also has been an active fundraiser for select national and local political candidates.  As a participant in the Wexner Foundation’s Heritage Program for lay community leaders, the American Jewish Committee’s Comay Fellowship program, and Federation’s Leadership Institute, Plotkin has continuously taken an active role leading the Jewish community.


Partner of the Year Award

American Jewish Committee | Partner of the Year Award

AJC helped convene the community and coordinate efforts of civil discourse after some community members expressed opposition to Pastor John Hagee’s scheduled appearance at a Federation event.


Doug Seserman, president and CEO of Federation, said,

We are proud to partner with the American Jewish Committee, a global advocacy organization that promotes democratic values and societies where all minorities are protected. With the help of AJC, we worked to improve civil discourse in our community.  They helped us to facilitate discussions between community members with different perspectives of the same issues in an environment of mutual respect.  We sincerely appreciate their partnership.”

Accepting the award for the AJC are Don Schlesinger, AJC Director and David Seserman, AJC President.


Ruth and Warren Toltz & Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Awards

The Ruth and Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award is presented annually to a male, and the Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Award is presented annually to a female, who have met the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 40
  • Demonstrated a commitment to Federation, as well as the broader the Jewish community
  • Demonstrated the ability to bring constituents together for committees, programs, events, and/or fundraising campaigns
  • Possess the potential for greater leadership responsibility in the future
  • Participated in a meaningful way in the Federation’s Annual Campaign


Daniel Feiner | Ruth and Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award

Daniel Feiner, recipient of the Ruth and Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award, began his involvement with Federation in 2007. He has worked on campaign, fundraising and young adult activities.  He is a third year member of the Federation National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC), serving as Federation’s chair of NYLC.  As such, Feiner holds a seat on the Federation’s Coordinating Council.  He also is a member of the Federation’s Allocations Task Force, the Jewish Resource Center Board, the Financial Oversight Group, and the Reimagining Design Team.  In the community, Feiner is a member of AIPAC’s Washington Club, and recently worked with the Rose Community Foundation in their Roots and Branches program.

Lisa W. Perlmutter | Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Award

Lisa W. Perlmutter, recipient of the Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Award, has been involved with Federation for more than 15 years. Locally, she has served in a variety of roles for the largest women’s philanthropic event for several years including CHOICES Outreach Committee and as a table captain.  She has been a member of the Women’s Campaign Committee in 2010.  Nationally, Perlmutter is a current member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet serving as the Ritual and Judaic co-chair from 2011-2012.  Additionally, she served as the recruitment co-chair for JFNA’s TribeFest in 2011.  She is involved with the community as a board member and co-chair Keshet of the Rockies, board member for The Jewish Experience and a co-chair for Denver Jewish Day Schools Parent Ambassador Committee.

Please join us to honor these deserving award recipients at the Federation and JCF’s Annual Meeting.  There is an $18 cost to attend.  For more information or to make a reservation to attend, please contact events at 303-316-6443 or events@ajfcolorado.org.  Reservations can also be made online at www.jewishcolorado.org/annualmeeting.


About the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
For more than 60 years, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has been building and sustaining Jewish life across Colorado, in Israel, and around the world. Each year Federation mobilizes the Jewish community to raise the crucial funds required to provide food, refuge, comfort, education, and emergency assistance to millions of people in-need. Last year, Federation raised $10.1 million that benefited dozens of charitable agencies, both locally and worldwide.

About Talia Haykin

Talia Haykin is the Marketing Senior Manager for Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado. Additionally, she blogs at TaliaSheWrote.com and KosherSheEats.com. See her ROI profile at www.roicommunity.org/users/talia-davis

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