The Kehillah Synagogue is enormously proud of our Rabbi, Jennifer Feldman, who is the 2020 recipient of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award, presented to an Orange County resident “in recognition of enduring service to humanity by word and by deed.” The Award Committee seeks to highlight those people who work tirelessly to right injustices that marginalized people live with daily.
The award was given on January 19th at the 35th annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, co-hosted by the MLK University/Community Planning Corporation and UNC-CH’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Corporation has been in existence for 35 years. Proceeds from Banquet and Award Ceremony support a scholarship program for graduating seniors from Orange County high schools who are continuing their education. Since 1995 the Corporation has awarded over 350 scholarships.
Past recipients of the Citizenship Award have included Howard and Lillian Lee, Rick and Jill Edens, James Williams, Edith Wiggins, Bishop L. Gene Hatley, Velma Perry, Nate Davis, Susan Levy, and Dr. Robert Seymour — to name a few. Rabbi Jen was selected because of her nearly 20 years of service to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro/ Orange County communities. The Award Committee recognizes that Rabbi Jen’s service embodies the same caring spirit and intent as that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mazal Tov and Todah Rabah to Rabbi Jen and our Kehillah on this wonderful recognition.
Rabbi Jen pictured on stage at the Friday Center with Dolores Bailey, the Executive Director of Empowerment, Inc.
Left to right: Dolores Bailey; Rabbi Jen Feldman; Bishop Gene Hatley of Barbee’s Chapel; Justice Cheri Beasley, the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court; Jim Merrit and Albert Williams, Bridge Builder Award Recipients and members of the Chapel Hill 9; and Lillian Lee, community leader and wife of Mayor Howard Lee.
Left to right: Justice Mark Davis, the first Jewish member of the N.C. Supreme Court; Rabbi Jen Feldman; Ari Gauss, Executive Director of NC Hillel; and Dolores Bailey.