Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards

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2013 Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards a Smash Success

4th generation Russ family owners Joshua Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, and former owner Mark Russ Federman. Photo by Shulamit Seidler Feller.

On June 10th, over 300 people celebrated Jewish New York at the TimesCenter for the 2013 Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards, including honorees and presenters Scott Berrie and Angelica Berrie, Deborah Dash Moore and Irene Golden Dash, Michael Chabon and Nathan Englander, Leon Botstein and Judith Berkowitz, and State Senator Daniel Squadron and the family behind Russ & Daughters. The event also featured Paul LeClerc, the  president emeritus of the New York Public Library and currently the director of Columbia University’s Global Centers|Europe, as our master of ceremonies.

Meanwhile, stirring performances of The Yellow Ticket by violinist and composer Alicia Svigals, along with musical selections by the clarinetist David Krakauer and his quartet, enchanted the audience. Rounding out the evening was a silent auction and iconic Jewish-American food inspired by Russ & Daughters’ menu.

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Honoree Michael Chabon. Photo by Shulamit Seidler Feller.

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2013 JCAA Honorees. Photo by Shulamit Seidler Feller.

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Honoree President Leon Botstein. Photo by Shulamit Seidler Feller.

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Surprise honoree Rebecca Guber, outgoing director of the Six Points Fellowship. Photo by Shulamit Seidler Feller.

Click here to see both honorees and presenters speak. Read what the JTA had to say, and check out more pictures on Flickr here. And view the e-journal from the event here:


About the 2013 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.

Read the full 2013 Gala press release.

Click here to see all our past Jewish Cultural Achievement Award honorees.

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