JFB’s Annual Meeting

Each year at the Federation’s Annual Meeting new Board members are voted in or appointed and special awards are given to those who have made significant contributions to the Federation as volunteers. Below are lists of past award recipients.

Cookie Wenneker Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a volunteer who has distinguished him or herself in the prior year with outstanding service to the Jewish community and, in particular, to the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. The recipient is selected by the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation.

Past Recipients

2001 Aviva Bowling and Ruth Poley
2002 Lowell Nigoff
2003 Evelyn Dantzic Geller
2004 Vinnie Dubilier
2005 Barbara Barr
2006 Angie Ornstein
2007 Patricia Shraberg
​2008 Dan Rosenberg and Dan Liebman
2009 David Feinberg
2010 Odette Kaplan
2011 Janice Newman
2012 Connie Loventhal
2013 Hanna Smith
2014 Marcia Blacker
2015 Jane Chaput
​2016 Gayle Bourne
2017 Ricki Rosenberg and Simone Salomon
2018 Lisa Satin
2019 Kathie Kroot

President’s Award

The President’s Award is given every year to a volunteer who has distinguished him or herself in long-term dedication to the Jewish community and, in particular, to the goals of the Jewish Federation. The recipient is selected by the President of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass.

Past Recipients

2000 Ellie Goldman and Leon Cooper
2001 Sue Ezrine and Judy Levine
2002 Rabbi Uriel H.D. Smith
2003 David Wekstein
2004 Marty Barr
2005 Ruth Poley
2006 Gail and Ernie Cohen
2007 Evelyn Dantzic Geller
2008 Carole Wilson
2009 Ricki Rosenberg
2010 Michael Grossman
2011 Simone and Art Salomon
2012 Linda Ravvin
2013 Kathy Feinberg
2014 Robert Grossman
2015 Leon Cooper
2016 Hanna Smith
2017 Michael Ades
2018 Mimi Kaufman
2019 Tamara Ohayon

Young Leadership Award

The Young Leadership Award is presented to a volunteer, between the ages of 25 and 45, who has distinguished him or herself through dedication to the Jewish community and, in particular, to the goals of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. The recipient is selected by the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation.

Past Recipients

2002 Bret Caller
2003 Lisa Miller
2004 Rachel Belin
2005 Sandy Goldberg
2006 Mimi Kaufman
2007 Judy Levey
2008 David Levine
2010 William Lucas
2011 Tamara L. Ohayon
2012 Elissa Weinstein
2013 Amy Faust Mayer
2014 Seth Salomon
2015 Joseph “Mickey” Hernandez
2016 Jenn Garlin
2017 Talia Smolkin
2018 Daniel Baker
2019 Aaron Rothke

Annual Meeting Photos

Images from past Annual Meetings