JDC’s Moscow Rep. is a Jewish Community Person of the Year

Getting a jump on the upcoming awards season, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia last week named its own top-ranked “celebs” – and JDC is proud that its Moscow Representative and director of our local office, Alik Nadan, won a coveted Person of the Year award.

The Federation’s annual awards program, a decade-long tradition, honors people of any nationality and religion who have made a practical contribution to their country’s social and cultural development. 

Alik was named Person of the Year in the “Public Stand” category, and he was cited for “supporting and contributing to the development of Jewish life in Russia.”

JDC programs that Alik helped to develop and oversee include innovative training opportunities for young leaders and social entrepreneurs, professional learning forums for Jewish educators, and high quality Jewish cultural and educational activities for adults and children (including one of the city's top kindergartens).

 

The number of people and types of activities honored by the Federation varies from year to year. Last week's awardees included the designer of the just-opened Jewish Museum and Center for Tolerance, which was deemed the “Cultural Event of the Year;” a Righteous Gentile, who saved a Jewish mother and son during World War II and was cited for “Courage”; an academic leader at Russian State University, lauded for his support of that institution’s Judaica department; and a renowned Russian physicist and Nobel Laureate, who won in the “Legend” category.

A sculpture specially designed for the occasion by Israeli artist Frank Meisler was presented to each awardee. Guests at the ceremony enjoyed performances by popular British and Russian Jewish bands, and the entire event is being televised on a Russian-speaking channel in Israel this week and will air worldwide on NTV-Mir on February 2.

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