Shabbat candle lighting: 6:09pm

2021 Honorees

Leonard J. Attman 

Leonard J. Attman combines the attributes of business success, philanthropy, and personal efforts to make our world a better place. He is a successful and innovative entrepreneur and respected developer of residential and commercial properties throughout the state of Maryland, including the building of the 1st condominium in Baltimore.

Leonard is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the A&G Management Company, Inc. as well as Chairman of the Board of Attman Properties Company that manages commercial properties and office space located in Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County, serving over 100 businesses.  He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Future Care Health and Management Corporation which manages rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long-term care facilities, servicing 2,000 patients, providing employment for over 3,000 people.

Leonard attended the University of Maryland and has always been involved in many professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations.  In the Jewish community, Leonard’s involvement began with these landmark organizations and continues today:  Beth Tfiloh Brotherhood Board of Trustees, Past President of Chizuk Amuno Brotherhood, Executive Committee for State of Israel Bonds, Past President of Mid Atlantic Region of Jewish National Fund, Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee, former Board member of The Associated the JCC Board. Leonard originated the JNF Plant-A-Tree project which plants a tree for every Baltimore Bar and Bat Mitzvah each week. To date, almost 10,000 trees have been planted!

On the healthcare front, Leonard is on the board of Sinai Hospital, Neurosurgery Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins, Advisory Board for the Shock Trauma Unit at the University of MD Medical Systems, St. Joseph’s Medical Center Breast Cancer Research, LifeBridge Health Budget & Finance Committee, and LifeBridge Health and Land Use. Leonard served on the former State of Maryland Drug Abuse Authority. 

Leonard is also proud to be a member of the Development Committee Board of Directors for the Signal 13 Foundation for the Baltimore City Police Department, Board of Directors for The Maryland Stadium Authority, and the Board of Directors for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. 

Leonard was one of the original founders of The Jemicy School for dyslexic children and is presently the Chairman of the Erin Levitas Foundation-Preventing Sexual Assault through Early Education.  

Leonard and Phyllis have been married for 67 years and together they enjoy their time as proud parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. 

 

Phyllis B. Brotman, z”l

Phyllis Brotman began her public relations and marketing career at her kitchen table in 1966. Her firm, Image Dynamics, represented local, regional, and national clients.  Phyllis quickly became one of the most respected and influential women in Baltimore business and civic affairs. She successfully lobbied the legislature in Annapolis to establish Maryland Public Television, known locally as WMPB, which was noted at the dedicaton as standing  for “Mrs. Phyllis Brotman.”. She also ran 176 political campaigns including  John Heinz, Richard Nixon, Tommy D’Alesandro, III and Nelson Rockefeller, among others;  winning  169. Forming a close alliance with Mayor and then Governor William Donald Schaefer, Phyllis worked with him on many projects to promote the city,  assisted with the opening of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Baltimore Sun to promote its 150th birthday in 1987. She was a frequent television panelist on Square-Off for 14 years. She also soloed an aircraft in 1969.  In addition, Phyllis had a career in front of the camera, hosting a cooking show on WJZ (then WAAM) with the stage name of Peny Chase, as well as “Shopping for You” in the mid 1950’s before being a frequent panelist on Square-Off for 14 years..

Recognizing that much business was accomplished in private clubs, Phyllis was among the first women to earn entry into the Center Club in 1980; was elected as its first woman president from 2003 to 2006 and played a major role in its revitalization. She was also devoted to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She served on the Symphony’s Board of Directors, their 75th Anniversary Marketing Committee and co-chaired two BSO Galas.

Phyllis was in the Associated’s first Young Leadership Class.  She served on the Advisory Board of the National Aquarium from 1988 to 2003 and numerous other Boards including International Visitors Center, YMCA, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Baltimore Committee, United States Olympic Committee,  Jewish Family and Children’s Society, United Way of Central Maryland, and Associated Placement and Guidance Bureau. Phyllis was a long time Trustee of both Loyola College and Towson University, which presented her with a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007.  She was also  recognized as Woman of the Year by Baltimore County in 2004.

Phyllis Brotman blazed the trail for women in business and served as a mentor to so many.  As her sister Lois Rosenfield stated, "When she walked into a room, you could hear the crack of the glass ceiling." 

 

David S. Cordish 

David S. Cordish is Chairman of The Cordish Companies, one of the largest and oldest privately held development companies in the United States. Headquartered in Baltimore, the company was originally started by David’s grandfather in the early 1900’s. His father was an active participant for over 70 years, and David’s three sons – Jon, Blake, and Reed – are fourth generation Cordish executives at the Company. 

The Cordish Companies has ten distinct thriving divisions including Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. The Company is widely recognized as a national leader in entertainment development and operations. Cordish has developed and operates highly acclaimed entertainment, casino and hotel destinations, as well restaurants, bars and live performance venues throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies’ Live! Brand which is highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country and welcomes over 55 million visitors a year. 

The Cordish Companies is the only development company to receive seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Company has partnered with over two dozen city, state, county, and Indian Nations to co-develop projects and is unique in its depth of experience in public/private development. The Company also has partnerships with many major league sports franchises across the U.S. In addition, the Company has received the Most Inclusive Corporation of the Year Award for Minority Business, and the Bridging the Gap Award for Key Partnership and Strategic Alliance. 

David received a B.A. and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. He has an LLB degree from the University of Maryland Law School and was on the Board of Editors of the Law Review. His career has included service in law and government, in addition to commercial businesses. He served in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations as head of the Urban Development Action Grant Program. 

David has served on numerous national, state, and local boards, including professional, civic, and charitable organizations. He has acted as a pro bono consultant to Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Stevenson University, and other non-profit entities. In addition, David was the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Real Estate Program’s Leadership Award, the David M. Sampson Award by the Greater Baltimore Urban League, the Baltimore WaveMaker Lifetime Achievement Award by the Urban Land Institute, the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEO Award, The Baltimore City College Hall of Fame, and the Baltimore Sun’s Business and Civic Hall of Fame Award. 

 

Judge Karen “Chaya” Friedman

Karen “Chaya” Friedman is an associate judge on the highest trial court in Maryland, the Circuit Court, sitting in and for Baltimore City. She was appointed to that court by Governor Martin O'Malley in 2014 and won election to her seat in 2016. She currently presides over Drug Treatment Court, which emphasizes a holistic approach to drug addiction in the criminal justice system. Chaya previously served as a District Court judge from 2010 to 2014; and as a judge on the Orphans’ Court of Baltimore City from 2001-2010. Chaya is one of a handful of Orthodox Jews who serve as judges in the US. And the first Orthodox female in Maryland. 

Judge Friedman was chosen three times as one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by the Daily Record newspaper. In 2010 President Obama appointed her to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors this honor truly holds special meaning to her. Chaya served as Board Chair of CHANA, the Blaustein Fund for Jewish Education and the Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society and Co-Chaired the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel for several years and still remains active on the Board. Chaya is the Founder and chair of the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, which seeks to unite the faith-based community against domestic violence. Her work on this issue led her to be awarded with the Faith award by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and the Rosalyn B. Bell award by the Women’s Law Center. Chaya is also currently on the Associated’s Board of Directors, Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1971, to Dr. Bernard Dickman, of blessed memory, and Mrs. Esther Dickman, Chaya is our youngest inductee ever.  She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1994 and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1997, where she graduated Order of the Coif and serves on the school’s Board of Visitors. Chaya, along with her husband Howard, a 2017 Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame inductee, are the parents of two sets of twins, and the proud grandparents of JJ and Lilly Charnowitz. 

 

Jerold C. Hoffberger, z”l

Businessman, sports aficionado, veteran, community activist and philanthropist, Jerold Charles Hoffberger was the only son Gertrude and Samuel Hoffberger.  Gertrude was a homemaker and her husband, Samuel, was a lawyer who was active in the Democratic Party and a major shareholder and board chairman of National Brewing Company. Jerry attended the University of Virginia and served in the United States Army with the 1st Armored Division in Africa, France, and Italy, during World War II. Soon after Jerry’s return from war, his father appointed him president of the brewery. National Brewery’s sales rose from 230,000 barrels in 1946 to 2 million in 1966.

Jerry became involved with professional baseball in 1953, when the Washington Senators’ owner felt geographically threatened by the potential move to Baltimore by the St. Louis Browns. Jerry appeased him by making his National Bohemian beer a Senators’ television sponsor. He subsequently put together a syndicate to buy the St. Louis Browns and moved them to Baltimore as the Orioles. The Orioles went on to won four American League pennants and two World Series from 1966-71. Jerry was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1996. Jerry also bred Thoroughbred horses for racing and raced some on his own, notably winning the 1984 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn RaceTrack. 

Described by Town and Country magazine in 1983 as one of the nation’s “most generous living Americans,” Jerry Hoffberger had donated more than $10 million to charity at the time. Recipients included Johns Hopkins Hospital and its School of Hygiene and Public Health, Mercy, Sinai, and Harbor Hospitals, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Goucher College, the University of Maryland, and hundreds of street-level projects to improve quality of life. His generosity was felt worldwide, as he became President of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds and the Jewish Agency, and he played a key role in facilitating emigration of Soviet Jews to America in the 1970s.

Jerry and his wife, Alice, had four children. Recognizing his compassion for and commitment to humanity above any other ventures he pursued, Jerry Hoffberger’s son David once described his dad as “an ordinary man doing extraordinary things.”  Jerry Hoffberger died in 1999 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, two days after his 80th birthday.

 

Linda A. Hurwitz

Linda A. Hurwitz has inspired people to get involved in Jewish causes in Baltimore and around the country for decades. An exceptional leader and fundraiser, Linda is a past National Campaign chair of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and a former president and past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP).  She also serves as JFNA’s National Trainer and has spoken in over 120 Federations in North America.

Linda is also a past chair of the board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She served as the 2009 Campaign chair for The Associated and was the federation’s Young Women’s Leadership chair, Women’s Department Campaign chair, Major Gifts, New Gifts and Upgrade chair and presently serves as co-chair of The Associated’s Financial Resource Development. Linda is a former chair of Planning and Allocations for The Associated. A founding co-chair of the Ashkelon Partnership with Baltimore, she has served as chair of The Associated’s Commission on Israel and Overseas. Currently, she is co-chairing Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning.  Linda was involved with the creation and rollout of this exciting initiative. She is also a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School as well as Levindale Auxiliary.

Linda has received three of The Associated Young Leadership Awards. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the ACHARAI: Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute.  She was a recipient of the E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and was the featured honoree of the Israel Bonds Maryland Women’s Division award as well.  Her warmth, experience and energy have made her a role model and mentor to many in the Baltimore community and around the country. 

Linda is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University in Education and earned a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Administration and Supervision of Education. Linda and Steven have been married for 40 years come this summer, are the proud parents of Lauren (David), Michael (Morgan), and Andrew (Jordana), and grandparents to 3 amazing grandchildren (and one on the way!).

 

Philip Klein, z”l

Philip Klein began his real estate career in 1939 and soon after founded the commercial real estate conglomerate Klein Enterprises, where he served as CEO. Over four generations, Klein Enterprises has grown from Phil developing his 1st shopping center in 1948 to buying the old Curtiss Wright Airport in Mount Washington and building the Greenspring Shopping Center, and now to more than 3 million square feet of commercial and residential properties. Upholding a tradition of hard work and innovative ideas instilled by Phil to his family; Phil also by led example of giving back to the Jewish community and beyond. 

Known in Baltimore as “the site man,” Phil Klein’s wealth of knowledge in the real estate industry was virtually unmatched. Earning his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Baltimore, he was a licensed real estate broker, a real estate appraiser, a certified public accountant, and a principal in the development of 30 shopping centers, as well as housing developments in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Phil served as a trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers from 1973 to 1976, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore and Maryland Chapter of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, and as the Director of the Maryland Real Estate Commission from 1970 -1975. As a former instructor in commercial and industrial real estate at the Evening College of Johns Hopkins University, Phil imparted his wisdom to students and entrepreneurs entering the real estate arena.

Phil and his wife, Harriet, had a great passion for social causes and they both made significant philanthropic contributions to needy causes for families in Baltimore and Israel. Phil Klein made significant contributions to The Associated, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore and Hadassah Medical Center in Israel. For his support of the growth and expansion of the Technion in Israel, he received both a Technion Honorary Doctorate and was awarded the American Technion Society’s highest honor, the Albert Einstein Award. In addition, Phil was a major contributor to the University of Baltimore and to the growth and expansion of MICA (Maryland Institute of Art) that today enjoys a world class reputation as an outstanding learning center for the arts.

 

Neil M. Meltzer

President and CEO, LifeBridge Health

Neil Meltzer is president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Meltzer joined Sinai Hospital of Baltimore as vice president of operations in 1988 and a decade later became Sinai’s president and chief operating officer. As CEO of LifeBridge Health, Mr. Meltzer has led the system through a period of strategic growth with a mission to transform the organization into an integrated health care delivery system, offering a full spectrum of care. Along with the acquisition of Carroll Hospital in 2015 and Grace Medical Center in 2019, Mr. Meltzer has expanded the system through key partnerships, including alliances with organizations that provide medical transportation, retail pharmacy, urgent care, health insurance, assisted living and more.

Mr. Meltzer has a background in public health and brings a community-focused approach to every health care decision. He serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Hippodrome Foundation and Everyman Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Meltzer serves on the advisory board of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. In 2021, Meltzer joined the board of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. On the national level, he continues to work with the American Heart Association after serving as national chairman. He was also one of 15 national workforce health care champions appointed by former president, Barack Obama. 

Mr. Meltzer earned his Master of Public Health and Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Louisiana, and his undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among many honors, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized Mr. Meltzer as an Influential Marylander and a Most Admired CEO and has awarded him its ICON Honor. The Baltimore Business Journal has named Mr. Meltzer as one of its Power 10 CEOs. The Baltimore Sun inducted him into its Civic Hall of Fame, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry recognized him as “Industrialist of the Year.” 

 

Paul A. Offit, MD  

Paul A. Offit, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology, and virology. Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, and the co-inventor of a landmark vaccine for the prevention of rotavirus gastroenteritis recommended for universal use in infants by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Dr. Offit has been helping the FDA to review the data for the latest coronavirus vaccines and has become a go-to expert for the media with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations. He has been a member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation, the Foundation for Vaccine Research, and a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines. Dr. Offit has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety and is the author or co-author of books on vaccines, vaccination, and antibiotics. 

He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute Gold Medal. He received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In addition, he has received numerous other awards and honors for his groundbreaking work. Dr. Offit grew up in Baltimore. He earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his M.D. from the University of Maryland. He is married to Bonnie Fass-Offit, MD and they have two children.

 

Marc Platt

Marc Platt’s producing career spans film, theatre, and television, and his projects have garnered a combined 41 Oscar nominations, 36 Tony nominations, 33 Golden Globe nominations and 48 Emmy nominations, and have grossed over $5 billion worldwide.

Among his films are Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed The Trial of the Chicago 7 which earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture; La La Land which tied the record for the most Oscar nominations in history with 14, winning six; Bridge of Spies which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture; Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and Into The Woods which both earned multiple Academy Award nominations; Legally Blonde; Nine; Drive; Rachel Getting Married; Wanted; The Girl on the Train; and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Among his upcoming films are three for Disney: Cruella starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson; live-action feature The Little Mermaid, directed by Rob Marshall; and a live-action Snow White.  Additionally, he is producing Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical; director Damien Chazelle’s Babylon starring Brad Pitt for Paramount; and Thunder Force for Netflix starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.

In theatre, Platt produced the blockbuster Wicked, currently in its 18th year on Broadway.  His other shows include The Band’s Visit which won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical;  War Paint, Indecent, Oh, Hello on Broadway, If/Then, Three Days of Rain, and Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands.  In television, Platt executive produced Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and Grease Live!, receiving the top Emmy Awards for both productions.  He also produced HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning miniseries Empire Falls.  Platt’s other television shows include Rent (two Emmy Awards); A Christmas Story Live; Once Upon A Mattress; The Path To 9/11; and MTV’s series Taking The Stage.  Prior to becoming an independent producer, Mr. Platt served as president of production for three movie studios--Orion, TriStar and Universal. 

A leader in the Jewish community, Mr. Platt has served as Chairman of the Entertainment Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and is a frequent guest speaker for Federations and other Jewish organizations around the country.  He was The Associated’s keynote speaker in December 2015.  In addition, he served previously as a Birthright Israel Foundation Board Member as well as the Honorary Chair of the UJF 2007 Master Class in Cinema and Television.

Marc grew up in Pikesville and his brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Pam Platt, live in Owings Mills.  To this day, the Orioles and Ravens remain his favorite sports teams and he follows them closely and roots for them always.

 

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg has been the spiritual leader of Beth Tfiloh Congregation for the past 43 years, overseeing an unprecedented growth in the synagogue's membership and programming. Beth Tfiloh is the largest Modern Orthodox synagogue in the U.S. Rabbi Wohlberg also serves as the Dean of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, educating over 900 children each year, including a high school that he helped establish in 1986. At the present time he serves on the Board of Directors of Bar Ilan University, the Institute of Islamic-Christian-Jewish Studies and President of the Haron Dahan Foundaton.

Rabbi Wohlberg is known for his warmth, his humor, and his inspiring and insightful sermons, which are read by thousands over the Internet. He is the author of the books, The Un-Haggadah: How to Keep the Conversation and Wine Flowing at Your Seder and Pulpit Power: Meaningful Sermons on Religion and Politics and Life, and the forthcoming, What We Can Really Learn from the Rich and Famous.

Born into a rabbinical family, Rabbi Wohlberg followed his father Rabbi Dr. Harry Wohlbergz”l  and 2 older brothers Rabbis Jeremiah and Saul into the ”family business”.  Rabbi Wohlberg attended both college and received his semicha at Yeshiva University.  Prior to coming to Beth Tfiloh, he was the Rabbi at Beth Sholom Congregation in Washington, DC and Potomac. The Rabbi and his wife Sherry have 2 sons, Andrew and Jonathan, and 6 grandchildren.