WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – American Jewish Committee Westchester and Fairfield awarded its Distinguished Leadership Award to former Regional and National President E. Robert Goodkind of Rye on Thursday.
The Gala took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in White Plains.
The award will be presented by current AJC National President Stanley Bergman. The evening will be moderated by Dinner Co-Chairs, Marvin Israelow and Harriet Schleifer. The program will feature a keynote address by Rabbi David Ellenson. Toasts will be made by Westchester residents, AJC Chief Excutive Officer David Harris, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey of Harrison and AJC national board of governors member Eugene Grant. AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization.
Goodkind is a member of Community Synagogue of Rye.
Goodkind has been an important and dynamic leader of AJC for more than 50 years. He was already a member of the Westchester executive board when the AJC Westchester Chapter opened its doors in 1966. He is a Past Regional President of AJC Westchester and Fairfield and a past National President of AJC. He has held many other positions of significance at AJC including Treasurer and Chairman of AJC’s National Council and Board of Trustees, Chair of the Contemporary Jewish Life and Domestic Affairs Commissions, and Chair of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council. He currently serves on the Board of AJC’s Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations as a Co-Chair of the Development Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition (JREC). Goodkind has been the recipient of many awards including AJC’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 2007 and The Blue Card Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice in 2012.
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