HONORING MATT BRILL, RICHARD KOPELMAN AND MORRIS MASLIA
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT
On the morning of May 6, the Jewish National Fund held its annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast. The gathering was not only to promote the JNFs projects and efforts for the betterment of the Israeli state, but also to recognize some local residents’ contributions to the Jewish community, JNF, and Israel.
The Cantor Isaac and Betty Goodfriend Jewish National Fund Community Service Award, established in 2010, is given in recognition of Cantor and Betty Goodfriend’s extraordinary and selfless contributions to the betterment of the land and people of Israel. The award is granted to an individual who exemplifies the Goodfriend’s spirit and has demonstrated a prolonged investment in JNF and Israel at the grassroots leadership level.
This year, Morris Maslia was honored with this award. Adam Maslia spoke on his behalf and presented the award to his father, Morris. Adam even went on to say how much he looked forward to Fridays when the Atlanta Jewish Times issue would come out, so he could read about what good Cantor Isaac and Betty Goodfriend had been up top that week.
Additionally, the Tree of Life Award, JNF’s highest honor, was presented to Matt Brill and Richard Kopelman. The Tree of Life Award is a humanitarian award that recognizes outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and the security of human life.
“[Jewish National Fund’s (JNF’s)] Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast is a cornerstone expression of Atlanta’s commitment to Israel. Together, we stand strong for Israel and raise close to $100,000 for JNF’s strategic contributions to Israel’s secure, prosperous and sustainable future. Thank you Atlanta for your tremendous trust in JNF to represent you love of the land and people of Israel!” – Beth Gluck, JNF SE Regional Director
“I am both honored and thrilled to have been a part of another successful JNF event. Over 400 people in the Atlanta community chose to begin their day at the Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast and learn of the tremendous work JNF does for the land and people of Israel. I am personally proud to have introduced many new faces to the great work of JNF.”- Tree of Life Honoree Kopelman and presenter, Alexander Muss Alum, Eli Mansbach