Myrna Melgar and Col. Pete Gleichenhaus
The JCRC Distinguished Leadership Award
Jennifer & Tony Smorgon
Jennifer and Tony Smorgon are deeply passionate supporters of the Jewish community locally and abroad. They have inspired widespread engagement and commitment serving in leadership positions in JCCSF, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Wexner Foundation, Brandeis Marin, Birthright Israel, Jewish Contemporary Museum, Manhattan Jewish Experience, Jewish International Connection of New York, NEXUS Global Summit Shabbat program, Spiritgrow Australia, Keren Hayesod Forum, Mount Scopus College Foundation and WIZO. As leaders, they are exemplars of JCRC’s hallmark bridge-building and community-relations work.
The JCRC Courageous Leadership Award
Chancellor Carol T. Christ
University of California, Berkeley
Carol Christ is the eleventh chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, she is also known as a champion of accessible public higher education, liberal arts and sciences, and diversity on college campuses. Since assuming the role of chancellor in 2017, she has repeatedly stood in strong support of civility and free speech and against anti-Semitism on her campus.
The JCRC Jewish-Civic Leadership Award (Inspired by Rita Semel)
Manny Yekutiel is the owner of Manny’s, a community-focused civic event space in San Francisco’s Mission District that includes a non-profit restaurant and political bookshop. Manny’s was established in 2018 with support from a coalition of Mission-based advocacy groups and was named a 2019 “Small Business of the Year” by the California State Senate, District 11. In addition to being a small business leader, he is an upstanding, courageous and proudly Jewish supporter of the Mission, its history and its residents.
Rita R. Semel
for a lifetime of outstanding leadership
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