2013Honorees

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Rabbi Jacob B. Agus z"l

Leo Bretholz

Curt I. Civin, MD

Suzanne F. Cohen

Liebe Sokol Diamond, MD

Jacob Glushakow z"l

Lee Rosenberg

Ronald M. Shapiro

The Jewish Legion

z"l - signifies In Blessed Memory

 

Once again, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore (JCC) is planning its biannual Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame. The Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame was created to honor exceptional Baltimoreans who have made an impact on the community through their life's work.  Similar to the past three classes of honorees, these individuals also reflect a diverse array of fields such as science, medicine, business, community service, art and law.

 

Rabbi Jacob B. Agus—Leading rabbi, scholar and educator, as well as the long-time Rabbi of Beth El Congregation for 30 years.  Rabbi Agus was on the forefront of the issues involving interfaith and interracial dialogue.  Watch a video about this honoree...

Leo Bretholz—A Holocaust survivor and the author of “Leap into Darkness,” a book which  chronicles Leo's incredible story of survival which began when he escaped from the train taking him to Auschwitz.  Watch a video about this honoree...

Curt I. Civin, MD—Internationally renowned doctor and researcher whose breakthrough scientific discovery in isolating stem cells from other blood cells has helped to facilitate a critical understanding stem cells and the development and implementation of both clinical bone marrow stem cell transplantation and leukemia diagnosis.  Watch a video about this honoree...

Suzanne F. Cohen—Dedicated professional volunteer for a number of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in Baltimore. Her accomplishments are numerous and diverse including Past Chair of the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), Past Chair of THE ASSOCIATED, Past President of the Baltimore Jewish Council, and Honorary Trustee of the Baltimore Community Foundation and Trustee Emerita of Goucher College. Among her many endeavors, Suzanne initiated and funded the concept of Free Admission at the BMA which gave anyone interested the chance to experience one of Baltimore's most treasured institutions.  Watch a video about this honoree...

Liebe Sokol Diamond, MD— Despite the amputation of many of her fingers and toes as an infant and more than 25 surgical procedures before she was a teenager, Dr. Sokol went on to graduate with honors from University of Pennsylvania Medical School. She is nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of pediatric orthopedic surgery with her innovative techniques for correcting limb deformities in children. Watch a video about this honoree...

Jacob Glushakow—Mr. Glushakow was a Baltimore artist whose works are exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Peale Museum, and the Phillips Gallery--to name a few.   He documented the history of Baltimore for over 60 years, with a special focus on the Baltimore Jewish community and its neighborhoods of East Baltimore. He also taught at the JCC for more than 30 years and inspired several generations of artists and collectors.  Watch a video about this honoree...

Lee Rosenberg—After a career as a successful home builder for more than 50 years, Mr. Rosenberg “retired” in 1985 and began providing his expertise in development and construction to wide variety of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations.  He was also instrumental in the formation of Enterprise Homes (a subsidiary of Enterprise Community Investment) which has helped fulfill Jim Rouse's dream of creating housing for the poor--more than 10,000 homes for low-income families have been built in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and throughout the nation.  Watch a video about this honoree...

Ronald M. Shapiro—Mr. Shapiro is an expert negotiator, sports agent, attorney, educator, bestselling author and civic leader in both the Jewish and non-Jewish community. In addition to his law practice, he also founded Shapiro, Robinson & Associates, a sports management firm that developed a national reputation and stellar list of clients which includes more Hall of Famers than any other agent.  In 1995, he founded the Shapiro Negotiations Institute, a negotiation seminar and consulting firm that has trained more than 350,000 professionals in the art of negotiation.  Watch a video about this honoree...

The Jewish Legion—The Jewish Legion consisted of approximately 10,000 young Jewish men worldwide who enlisted in 1918.  The Legion was formed by the British as a way to allow Jews to participate in the liberation of Palestine by fighting with the British Army against the Turks. At that time, approximately sixty young men living in East Baltimore joined the Jewish Legion.  Despite some concern that their participation in this effort may cost them their U.S. citizenship, they went anyway.  The group trained in the U.S. and Canada and in early 1918 they went to Egypt.  The Baltimore unit arrived too late to make a difference in the military campaign of freeing Palestine from the Turks, but served as occupation troops until they were shipped home in 1919. Watch a video about these honorees...

 

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