Morton L. Mandel, long-time board member and honorary chair of JCC Association, has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned societies. Founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and other illustrious patriots, the academy functions as an independent research center that draws on its members’ expertise to conduct studies in various fields.
Mr. Mandel was recognized for his leadership in philanthropy, and his achievements as a business leader. One of 179 inductees, Mr. Mandel joined Nobel Prize laureates, as well as winners of the Pritzker and Pulitzer Prizes, to be so honored.
Mr. Mandel was chair of JCC Association from 1970-1974, and has served on the board of directors for more than fifty years. He chaired the historic Commission on Maximizing Jewish Educational Effectiveness of Jewish Community Centers (COMJEE) and has been a moving force in ongoing implementation of its recommendations. He is a recipient of the Frank L. Weil Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Jewish Community Center Field, and the first recipient of the award that now carries his name, the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award. Mr. Mandel was a founding president of the World Confederation of JCCs.