The full list of Zahav and Kol Ha Kavod Award Winners were announced last week, honoring 123 JCCs for exceptional achievements in a wide variety of activities. Zahav Award winners will be displayed at the JCCs of North America Biennial in New Orleans. The winners represent an impressive group of ideas in programming, service, operations, and marketing. Categories included lay leadership development, programmatic excellence, Jewish impact, attracting and retaining the best staff, maintaining financial sustainability, along with awards for different aspects of marketing and communications.
This year marks an evolution in these awards; the challenges JCCs face today have never been greater, and it has never been more important for JCCs to function at their best. These new standards led to a more focused, stronger group of entries and more selective judging. Of 266 submissions, 35 won Zahav Awards, given for outstanding visionary initiatives, and 88 were awarded Kol Ha Kavod Awards, given for exemplary initiatives that can be replicated.
“With these challenges in mind, we raised the bar, redesigning the awards to mirror the proven paths to excellence revealed by our JCC Benchmarking process,” said Robin Ballin, JCC Association senior vice-president of marketing and communications.