2021 <i>Tikkun Olam</i> Recipients

2021 Tikkun Olam Recipients

The JCPA’s Tikkun Olam Award: Partner in Repairing the World is one of most prestigious awards of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Bestowing this great honor provides the JCPA an opportunity to recognize individuals who demonstrate a deep commitment and extraordinary effort to improving the lives of people everywhere and who embody the Jewish principle of tikkun olam. By presenting this award, we are acknowledging its recipient’s commitment to the religious values of social justice, tolerance, and civility in the public square. Click here to view past award recipients.

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Ilana Kaufman, Jews of Color Initiative Executive Director

Ilana Kaufman’s work sits at the center of Jewish community, racial equity, and justice, is anchored by the voices and experience of Jews of Color, and is focused on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. As a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch, with pieces featured in eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review, and an Eli Talk titled Who Counts, Race and the Jewish Future with 16,000 views, Ilana is passionate about all things at the intersection of Jewish community, racial justice, Jews of Color, education, and philanthropy.
Ilana was previously the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. A Senior Schusterman Fellow who is always searching Jewish text for discussion of equity and justice, Ilana received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University-Humboldt and her M.A. in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College.

Michael Fromm

Michael Fromm, JCPA Immediate Past Chair

Michael Fromm is immediate past board chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). He is a former Federation board chair (Reading, PA), board member of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), founding board chair of American Friends of Meir Panim Relief Centers in Israel and serves as an Ambassador for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). In addition to his Jewish philanthropy, Michael currently chairs the board of trustees of Alvernia University, located in Reading, PA. He is owner and CEO of Fromm, a leading mid-Atlantic distributor of factory automation and electrical construction products. Michael resides with his wife, Susan, in Reading, PA and New York City.