About the Honorees:
Scott Berrie is a film producer and philanthropist. He is founder and CEO of Impulse Creative Productions, currently producing Jerusalem, I Love You (2014), and Vice President of the Russell Berrie Foundation.
Leon Botstein has been President of Bard College since 1975. A celebrated conductor and musicologist, he revitalized the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and serves as music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra.
Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; other bestselling and critically-acclaimed books include The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and most recently Telegraph Avenue.
Deborah Dash Moore is Professor of History at the University of Michigan and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Prize-winning author of At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews; editor of City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York.
Russ & Daughters is the City’s premiere appetizing store and a century-old New York institution still at the same landmark location on Houston Street. FJC honors 4th generation Russ family owners Niki Russ Federman and Joshua Russ Tupper, and former owner Mark Russ Federman.
Click here to see all our past Jewish Cultural Achievement Award honorees.