Longtime Jewish community leader and philanthropist, Judy Altenberg, has been named JEWISHcolorado’s 2019 Golda. Judy will receive the award at the Golda Luncheon on December 12th at the Grand Hyatt’s Pinnacle Club in Denver.
The Golda award is named after Golda Meir, the first woman Prime Minister of Israel and one of the founders of the Jewish state. This prestigious honor is presented to a local Jewish woman who exemplifies extraordinary leadership, community involvement, support of JEWISHcolorado, and has an outstanding ability to inspire others.
“Judy’s extensive service to Federation is all encompassing,” said Lisa Mintz, JEWISHcolorado Women’s Philanthropy Chair. “I’m thrilled she’s been selected as our Golda and is receiving this much deserved recognition. She embodies everything this award represents.”
Judy has served locally as past Chair of Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Committee and nationally as a Chair and now lifetime board member of National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Judy is also a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of JFNA and currently chairs the LOJE 25 Committee for the 25th Anniversary of the Lion of Judah Endowment. She was a long-time member of the Jewish Community Relations Council, an alumna of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, and the recipient of the 2003 Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award from JEWISHcolorado.
Judy’s volunteerism and community involvement extend far beyond JEWISHcolorado. She’s a graduate of the Wexner Heritage program, served as Board Chair of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, and has been involved with the Rose Community Foundation since 2007 as a trustee and Chair of the Jewish Life Committee. She now serves as their Director of Gift Planning and Advisor Relations.
A proud third-generation Coloradan, Judy and her husband Bruce Plotkin have two adult children, Jeremy (24) and Gabrielle (20).
In the last decade, recipients of the Golda include Ruth Malman, Henny Kaufmann, Debra Weinstein, Jackie Sprinces Wong and Nancy Gart.
JEWISHcolorado provides a pathway for Coloradans to connect with their Jewish identity and values. We offer diverse, creative and inviting opportunities to embrace all Jews at every age and stage in life. Since 1946, JEWISHcolorado has offered programs and services to unite with the people of Israel and ensure a thriving and lasting Jewish community in Colorado. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org