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  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
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    5:30am - 4:15pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 4:54pm

2017 Honorees

Harry Attman*

In 1912, a 19 year old Tzvi Gettman left his home in Kusmien, Russia to seek a better life in the United States. By the time he was finished being processed at Ellis Island he had been renamed Harry Attman. Like many immigrants he started out with almost nothing. Establishing a small confectionary shop and deli in 1915, Attman’s Delicatessen has become synonymous with Baltimore’s “Corned Beef Row.” It is now the oldest deli in the US still operated by the original family.

Harry married Ida Shapiro in 1918. As the business started to flourish, Harry and Ida had 3 sons: Edward, Seymour and Leonard. Today the extended Attman family includes 72 children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren and spouses.

Harry died in 1968 at the age of 75. But his secret corned beef recipe, entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and his commitment to the Jewish community all live on and have been passed down to four succeeding generations.  In addition, his dedication to charitable giving and Jewish education are among his and Ida’s greatest gifts to the community and his family. 

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Born and raised in Baltimore, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has worked across party lines to further U.S. national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into U.S. foreign policy efforts. He is a lifelong supporter of the state of Israel and a passionate advocate of Jewish domestic concerns. He has been a leader in ensuring the U.S. government provides robust social services to vulnerable Holocaust survivors living in America. Senator Cardin has been a fierce voice against Iran and its belligerent regime and has continued to make clear that a permanent and peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including designation of a Palestinian State, can only be achieved through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Senator Cardin is the author of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools to help prevent mass atrocities against civilians. In 2015, he was named as the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the 57-nation Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly. In the U.S. Senate and through the U.S. Helsinki Commission (CSCE), Senator Cardin has worked to raise awareness of the escalation of global anti-Semitic violence, anti-Muslim laws, and other forms of intolerance while working to promote peace, tolerance and equality.   

Howard E. Friedman

Businessman and philanthropist Howard Friedman has served the Jewish community and Israel for decades. He is a Founding Partner of Lanx Management LLC, a hedge “fund of funds.” Howard serves on the board of Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcast groups in the country. He was the Co-Founder, Publisher and CEO of Watermark Press, Inc. (1986-1998) until its sale to Cendent Corp.

From 2006-2010 Howard served as President and then Chairman of the Board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). From 2010-2012 he served as the President of the American Israel Educational Foundation, the charitable arm of AIPAC.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and as Co-Chairman of the Board of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey. Howard has served as Chair of the Board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; through his involvement, he has encouraged others in the Orthodox community to participate in the federation. In addition, he was President of the Baltimore Jewish Council, and President of JTA - The Global News Service of the Jewish People.

Howard serves on a number of other boards, among them the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Touro College and University System, Talmudical Academy, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

He is married to Judge Karen Chaya Friedman and has four children and one grandchild.

Jonathan W. Kolker

Jonathan Kolker is a talented leader who has made a positive difference for Jewish communities both locally and globally, providing guidance and impactful change to the Jewish communities in Baltimore and throughout the world.

While he was President of Levindale (1974-75), the new Belvedere Building was dedicated adding chronic hospital and rehabilitation services; Levindale began to integrate it medical care with Sinai Hospital and acquired Hurwitz House – the Jewish community’s first Assisted Living facility. During his tenure as Chairman of the Board of The Associated (1985-87), CHAI – Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. and the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) were both established. The Associated also began funding the Baltimore Jewish Day Schools, established an endowment fund campaign and undertook its first Baltimore Jewish Population Study.

From 1996-2000, as President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Jon was part of a leadership team that created a new resource development strategy, raising hundreds of millions of dollars to aid the Jews remaining in the former Soviet States after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  These funds enabled JDC to extend its delivery of food, medicine and winter fuel to 300,000 needy elderly Jews located in 3,000 communities extending over 11 time zones.  At the same time, the JDC leadership team developed and executed a strategic plan to create 170 Jewish community centers in the former Soviet States to respond to the urgent desire of hundreds of thousands of Jews to reconnect to their Jewish heritage and to the Jewish People.  JDC continues to operate these programs today.

He has also helped support and served as a Board member of Sinai Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Taub Center for Social Policy in Israel, UJA and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Jon is married to Judith Rome Kolker and they have 3 children, Fritzi Hallock, Alex and Robert Kolker.  He has 6 grandchildren. 

Professor Susan Leviton

For more than 40 years, Susan Leviton has championed the rights of children, families and the disadvantaged.  She is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she began as a law school assistant professor back in 1975. While at the Law School, she has also served as the Director, Clinical Law Program and Acting Director, Center for Dispute Resolution.

Susan is the Founder and Honorary Chair of Advocates for Children and Youth, a statewide child advocacy organization. She was also the chairperson of the Maryland Human Relations Commission.  Presently, Susan is on the Board of the Open Society Institute, Baltimore, the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation and is a founding board member of FreeState Legal Project, a non-profit legal center that advocates on behalf of disadvantaged LGBT individuals. 

Susan has lobbied extensively on behalf of children and families and has published numerous books and articles on related subjects. Her areas of expertise include child abuse and neglect, special education, and juvenile delinquency.

Susan is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Third Annual Child Advocacy Award, the Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Child Advocacy Award, the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah, Women of Distinction Award, and the Public Citizen of the Year award, NASW Annual Conference Maryland Chapter—just to name a few of her many awards.  In addition, Susan and her family are founding members of Beth Am Synagogue.

Susan is married to Jeffrey Lauren and they have two children and two grandchildren. 

Rabbi Morris Lieberman*

Morris Lieberman served as the Rabbi of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation for 33 years, overseeing its move from downtown to Park Heights Avenue. He was beloved by his congregants and respected by the larger community as well.

During World War II, he served as an Army Chaplain participating in the landings at Normandy. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of major but remained committed to the welfare of armed service personnel. He made several trips under the auspices of the Defense Department to military installations in North Africa, England and the Far East; conducting Seders in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. Rabbi Lieberman served as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations. In 1960 he was presented with the Frank L. Weil Award by the National Jewish Welfare Board for distinguished contributions to the welfare of Jewish personnel in the United States Armed Forces.

Rabbi Lieberman was deeply involved in the American Jewish community, and served on many boards including the National Executive Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Commission of Jewish Chaplaincy of the National Welfare Board, and the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College. He was the first President of the Baltimore Jewish Council and served in this leadership role for many years.  During his tenure Rabbi Lieberman also inspired many BHC students to enter the rabbinate.

His involvement was not limited to just Jewish concerns. He served on the Advisory Committee of the Maryland branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Baltimore Community Relations Commission and was Vice Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Baltimore Public Schools. An early advocate of racial justice, he was part of the Civil Rights Movement from its inception and a lifelong member of the NAACP. He was among several clergymen who were arrested when they attempted to integrate Gwynn Oak, an all-white amusement park.

Rabbi Lieberman and his wife Lillian were married for 28 years until his sudden death in 1970 at the age of 61. 

Governor Marvin Mandel*

As the state’s first and only Jewish governor, Marvin Mandel transformed state government, and created new mass transit and court systems in Maryland.

He was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1952, representing northwestern Baltimore City; he was elected Speaker of the House of Delegates in 1963 and served until January 1969 when he was appointed as Governor to serve out the unexpired term of Spiro Agnew, who was sworn in as US Vice President. Governor Mandel was elected governor for two additional terms. As governor, he reorganized the executive branch of the Maryland state government, combining over 300 formerly independent agencies into 12 cabinet level departments. He also created the nation’s only regulatory body to set hospital rates and the first Shock Trauma network. Serving during the 60’s and 70’s, Governor Mandel provided extensive leadership in the area of civil rights and actively promoted integration and diversity through his appointments of minorities to key public positions.

Although involved in legal controversy and convicted of mail fraud and racketeering in 1977 serving 19 months in prison, Governor Mandel’s sentence was commuted by President Reagan in 1981. The conviction was officially overturned by the US District Court in 1987 noting the facts upon which the original conviction was based were not a crime under existing federal law.

Governor Mandel was married to Barbara “Bootsie” Oberfeld from 1941 to 1974 and to Jeanne Dorsey until her death in 2001.  He died in 2015 at the age of 95.  His children include the late Gary Mandel and Ellen Mandel Maltz.  He also had four grandchildren.

Zipora Schorr 

Zipora Schorr has been Director of Education of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School since 1982, after having been principal of the Lower School for four years previously. When she arrived at Beth Tfiloh, the school included a total enrollment of 320 students. Today, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School includes a High School, which has graduated over 1500 alumni, and a current student body of nearly 1,000. Committed to “Klal Yisrael” which respects the wide range of observance among Jews, Zippy and Beth Tfiloh work to promote unity among all branches of Judaism.

Before coming to Beth Tfiloh, Mrs. Schorr was the principal of Beth Shalom Nursery and Hebrew School in Potomac, a new school for which she developed curriculum and recruited staff and students. Prior to that she taught High School English literature and math at Yeshiva University High School, served as consultant to the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington, and taught ulpan classes and trained teachers.

Zippy received the 2003 Covenant Foundation Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators, was also named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, and has received the Governor’s Citation in recognition of her life’s work.  She was awarded Outstanding Educator in the Diaspora by Michlelet Lifshitz of the Israel Ministry of Education in 2012.

She chairs the Baltimore Jewish Day Schools Principals’ Association and is a member of the IAAM Board of Governors.  She serves as Treasurer of the Dahan Foundation and has served as a member of the board of The Associated and RAVSAK.

Zippy is married to Dr. Norman Schorr, a psychologist in private practice. She is the mother of six children and the grandmother of many gorgeous grandchildren. She comes from a family of Jewish educators who are principals of outstanding day schools in America and Israel.

After doing her graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, Zippy recently completed her Ed. D from Gratz College in Philadelphia in Educational Leadership.

Shale D. Stiller

Shale Stiller is a partner in the law firm DLA Piper. He has also been an adjunct legal professor at the University of Maryland Law School for the past 54 years where he has taught federal estate and gift taxation, constitutional law, commercial law, federal jurisdiction, and the law of nonprofit organizations. He has been one of the chief American lawyers in successful litigation against Iran.

Shale has been named in several categories in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since it was first published in 1987. In 2016, Shale was granted an honorary degree “Doctor of Humane Letters” by the Johns Hopkins University, the highest honor which a university can grant to anyone. He was also recognized by the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau as a Champion of Human Rights and Justice in 2011 during the Maryland Legal Aid Centennial Celebration.

He served as the President, CEO and Chairman of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation from 2005 to 2010. He serves as a board member on six other private foundations, including the Charles Crane Family Foundation (a major donor to Jewish day schools in Baltimore), the Stulman Foundation (creator of the Jewish Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University), and The Haron Dahan Foundation (the major donor to Beth Tfiloh Congregation and Bar-Ilan University).  In 2011, the Baltimore Community Foundation welcomed him into the inaugural class of its Professional Advisor Recognition Society, honoring him for demonstrating a commitment to the community by working to advance philanthropy and encourage charitable giving across Baltimore. Shale has served for many years as a Trustee for The Johns Hopkins University, JHU School of Medicine and Hospital as well as Bar Ilan University.

Shale served as General Counsel for The Associated from 1966-1996 and was President of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. He was on the Boards of the Baltimore Hebrew College and Baltimore Jewish Council and served as National Vice President of the American Jewish Committee for many years.

Shale is married to Judge Ellen Heller who was inducted into the HOF in 2009.