2013 Award Recipients
Congratulations to all our very deserving recipients!
Stephen Brent Jacobson Scholarship Award Dylan Farber The Robert J. Agger Memorial Award Nathan Finberg President’s Cup Daniel Epstein Karen Lerman Volunteer Award Gary Berenson Richard D. Aronson Young Leader Award Eric Kolben Linda and Joel Abromson Award Joanne Turnbull President's Award Rebecca Stern Director's Staff Recognition Award Terry Olsen
Stephen Brent Jacobson Scholarship Award Dylan Farber
The Robert J. Agger Memorial Award Nathan Finberg
President’s Cup Daniel Epstein
Karen Lerman Volunteer Award Gary Berenson
Richard D. Aronson Young Leader Award Eric Kolben
Linda and Joel Abromson Award Joanne Turnbull
President's Award Rebecca Stern
Director's Staff Recognition Award Terry Olsen
Linda and Joel Abromson Award
Created by Linda and Joel’s friends in celebration of the Abromson's commitment to Jewish communal service; the Abromson Award funds projects that allow adult applicants the opportunity to explore Jewish life in a unique and creative way. Joel Abromson found energy and inspiration in his connection to Jewish life, and this award is meant to provide the same opportunities for other adults in our community. Applicants are encouraged to think ‘outside the box’ in terms of what might light their Jewish spirit – a unique travel experience, artistic project, leadership opportunity, or a completely new endeavor they are looking to create but never had the opportunity to explore. The Abromson Award challenges applicants to find an opportunity in Jewish life that excites them. To provide inspiration for future applicants, recipients are asked to present to the community at the completion of their project in a public talk, article in the Voice, or any other appropriate public offering.
Applicants are required to submit a letter of support for their project, a description of the project and how it would benefit the community, project time frame, estimated cost for the project and budget, a resume, and amount you are requesting. The committee will review all proposals and may follow up with applicants with any additional questions. For complete requirements, please click HERE.
Richard D. Aronson Young Leader Award
The Jewish Community Alliance is proud to announce that it is accepting applications and nominations for the Aronson Young Leadership Award. The candidates for this award must be between the ages of 25 and 45. The recipient will demonstrate leadership qualities exemplified by Richard Aronson during his tenure of service to the Jewish Federation and
This recipient will be honored at the Jewish Community Alliance’s annual meeting. In addition, the recipient and spouse will be awarded the opportunity to attend and participate in the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the largest yearly gathering of Jewish leadership in the world.
The recipient of the Aronson Young Leadership award must be a contributor to the JCA Annual Campaign. The Aronson Leadership Award is funded through the generosity of Linda and the late Joel Abromson through the Aronson Leadership Award Fund.
The Karen M. Lerman Volunteer Award
The Karen M. Lerman Volunteer Award was established in Karen Lerman
The Jewish Community
The President's Award
COMMUNITY AWARDS Continued
Fistal Family Nursing Scholarship
Inspired by a bequest made by a cousin, Mayer and Sheri Fistal decided to fund a scholarship for a purpose close to their hearts. After thinking about their own educational backgrounds, they decided to concentrate on Sheri’s; an A.D. in Nursing at age 35 followed in two years by a B.S. and at age 55, an M.S.
Sheri always wanted to be a nurse, but her parents thought that nursing was beneath a “nice Jewish girl”. After many hot discussions her parents finally acquiesced and “allowed” her to apply to a nursing school. They certainly didn’t encourage her and suggested she apply to one particular school (probably the most difficult one to get in to). When she wasn’t accepted they convinced her to try another profession. Luckily she got a job at
Several years ago there was a reduction in hospital nurses who were replaced by other healthcare providers to lower costs. This caused a surplus of nurses and fewer students going into nursing. Subsequent studies showed patient care suffered and now there is a great need for nurses.
The Fistals feel that a scholarship will help those students who want to make nursing their career choice. The Jewish Community Alliance, which represents the Jewish community in southern
This scholarship will be presented annually to a Jewish high school senior (or – an individual) who plans to become a Registered Nurse and is applying to a secondary school that awards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Applicants must write a one hundred word statement on why they want to become a Registered Nurse. Applicants must also provide a high school transcript, a description of their extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation from two teachers and one other person that are familiar with the applicant’s accomplishments. If the applicant is a non-traditional student, recommendations can come from high school teachers OR an employer or professional contact.
High School Awards
Stephen Brent Jacobson Scholarship Award
Stephen Jacobson was always active in the JCC, from his early days at Center Day Camp through receiving the Robert J. Agger Award and participating on the softball teams. He always displayed a sense of commitment and community. Stephen was not only well liked, but admired and respected. He always had a smile on his face. As many may remember, Stephen
The President's Cup Scholarship Award
The Robert J. Agger Memorial Award
The Robert J. Agger Memorial Award is presented to a graduating high school senior who has displayed sportsmanship, leadership and athletic ability throughout his or her high school career. As a student at
The Robert J. Agger Memorial Award is presented to a graduating high school senior who has displayed sportsmanship, leadership and athletic ability throughout his or her high school career.
As a student at
How to Apply
The deadline for nominations/applications for all awards is April 15, 2013. For high school awards and scholarships, please send a resume or letter detailing your achievements and have your school forward a copy of your transcript. Application materials should be sent to Samantha Johnson, Awards Committee, Jewish Community Alliance, 57 Ashmont Street, Portland, ME, 04103. Please contact Samantha Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-1959 with any questions.