Sonia & Aaron

Levinson Community Relations Award

Recognizing those carrying out a significant citizenship role in harmony with the Jewish ideals of social justice and concern for others.

Promoting Improved Inter-group Relations

Toward the Elimination of Prejudice and Bigotry

View Past Recipients

Edwin I. Grinberg
Nicholas D.J. Lane
Frederick N. Frank
JoAnn R. Spiegel
Louis B. Kushner
Barbara Burstin, Ph.D.
Karen A. Shapira
Dan B. Frankel
Kathy R. Hurwitz
Rabbi Mark N. Staitman
Rabbi James A. Gibson
Eileen L. Lane
Judith L. Palkovitz
Steven D. Irwin
Robert S. Whitehill, Jr.
Kenneth M. Steinberg
Jon Pushinsky
Daniel E. Butler
Rabbi Neal S. Scheindlin
Nina Butler
Karen Levitt
Judi Kanal
Cindy Goodman-Leib
Barb Feige
Jennifer Rudin, MD
Mahnaz Harrison
E.J. Strassburger
Mark Frank
David May-Stein
Nancy Bernstein
Deborah Fidel
David Ainsman
Jim Busis
Skip Grinberg
Theodore Goldberg
Susan Friedberg Kalson
2019 Recipient
Sonia & Aaron Levinson
Community Relations Award

Objectives of the Award

The objectives of this Award are to give community recognition to the importance of Jewish women and men carrying out a significant citizenship role in harmony with the Jewish ideals of social justice and concern for our fellow man, to recognize those who have demonstrated leadership ability in promoting improved inter-group relations and the elimination of prejudice and bigotry in our society, and to recognize active participation in the advancement of the goals and objectives of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Nature of the Award

The Award shall include an inscribed scroll (plaque) to be presented at an appropriate meeting of the Community Relations Council by a member of the Levinson family and attendance at the Annual Plenary Session of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The recipient shall receive reimbursement for expenses, up to a maximum of $750.  These funds shall be made available annually from the Sonia & Aaron Levinson Trust Fund.

Criteria for Selection

The nominee must be a member of the Jewish community of Greater Pittsburgh, an active participant in Jewish communal life, a donor to the Jewish Federation in good standing , and of demonstrated leadership ability through participation and achievement in community relations activities.

Committee for Selection

The Selection Committee shall be made up of past winners of the Award. The judgment of the Selection Committee shall be final.

Nominations are Now Open!

Do you know someone who promotes harmonious relations in the wider community?

Nominate them for the Sonia & Aaron Levinson Community Relations Award.