JCPA’s Albert D. Chernin Award Recipients

The Albert D. Chernin Award is presented each year to an American Jew whose life work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history, and the protection of the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment. This award celebrates the achievements of its recipient, whose ideals symbolize the principles embodied by the work of JCPA. This award is named after Albert Chernin, Executive Vice Chair of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (now the Jewish Council for Public Affairs) from 1975-1990. Chernin’s leadership created a far-reaching impact on American policy in the areas of church-state, civil rights, immigration, Israel, and Soviet Jewry.

Past Recipients

1990     Albert D. Chernin

1991     Senator Howard Metzenbaum

1992     Al Vorspan, Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC)

1993     Arnold Aronson, founder, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

1994     Hyman Bookbinder, American Jewish Committee

1995     Jacqueline Levine, NJCRAC Past Chair

1996     Earl Raab, San Francisco JCRC

1997     Senator Carl Levin

1998     William Maslow, General Counsel of American Jewish Congress

1999     Leonard “Leibel” Fein, UAHC

2000     Theodore Mann, JCPA Past Chair

2001      Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

2002     Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2003     Rabbi David Saperstein, Union for Reform Judaism

2004     Dr. Alan Dershowitz

2005     Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University

2006     Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service

2007     Senator Frank Lautenberg

2008     Bernard “B” Rapoport, Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation

2009     Professor Laurence Tribe

2010      Professor Nadine Strossen

2011       Senator Ron Wyden

2012      Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Union for Reform Judaism

2013      Judith Lichtman, National Partnership for Women and Familites

2014      Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League

2015      David Luchins

2016      Senator Barbara Boxer

2017      Marcia Greenberger, National Women’s Law Center

2018      Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel

2019      Nancy Kaufman, NCJW

2020      Nathan Lewin, Esq.

2021     Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer