Seeking Nominations

Suzi Kooperman Youth Leadership Award Nominations 

The Suzi Kooperman award is given annually to a high school senior who exhibits an interest in service to the Jewish community, whose actions motivate other youth, and who has displayed continuity in service to the community. Along with the award, the recipient will receive a savings bond.

Nominations are due by March 31, 2019. The award will be presented at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s annual meeting May 30, 2019.

For more information, or for an application, contact Emily Blau at 330.746.3250 ext. 152 or


Esther Marks Memorial Volunteer Award

During her lifetime, Esther Marks excelled in all that she sought to accomplish. As a wife, she was a partner with her husband, Irv, in love and business. As a mother, she was active with her children.  In business, she was respected, and honest. As a friend, she was true to all.  As a volunteer, there was none better. Esther Marks truly understood Tzedakah. She knew about justice and righteousness. Tzedakah, for Esther, was not merely making a donation. Tzedakah meant giving of one’s time, energy and whole self. As a volunteer, Esther Marks stood alone in her perseverance of creating a better world. The Esther Marks Memorial Volunteer Service Award will honor her memory and encourage others to follow her example.

Each nomination shall be submitted in writing. Each nomination shall be one page, double-spaced, as to why the nominee is deserving of this award. If no nomination is made in any year, the award will not be awarded.

An individual may be nominated by any individual or organization of the Jewish Community.

Nominee Qualifications:

  • A nominee should be involved in Federation and/or any of its agencies or affiliated organizations. A nominee should not be limited to leadership positions on boards and the committee encourages and gives priority to volunteers who give direct services to people or agencies
  • A nominee should be involved in general Jewish community including involvement in any Jewish organizations, synagogues, etc.
  • A nominee should be involved in outside (other than Jewish organizations) volunteer activities or organizations
  • The nominee need not be a volunteer in a purely leadership role. Rather this award will give priority to those who volunteer for direct services to people or agencies. Consideration will be given to, but not limited to, direct volunteer activities, membership on boards or committees, leadership positions, length of time of service, and quality of volunteerism.

Nominations are due by March 31, 2019. The award will be presented at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s annual meeting May 30, 2019. 

Send nominations to Lisa Long, financial resource development director, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, Ohio, 44504.

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