Mazel Tov Elisheva Lerman on being named the inaugural recipient of the Lisa Lerman Community Bridge Award
Mazel Tov Elisheva Lerman on being named the inaugural recipient of the Lisa Lerman Community Bridge Award!
On Wednesday, November 30th, our community came together for a night of fellowship in support of the inaugural Lisa Lerman Community Bridge Award, named in memory of the Federation’s late president Lisa Lerman Z”L, who selflessly gave her time to bring together all Jews of our community.
Lisa’s mother and father, Marsha Brook & Ron Silverman, were on hand to present the award to Elisheva Lerman, Lisa’s sister-in-law and fellow community bridge builder.
An excerpt from Marsha’s award presentation:
“Lisa was always one to bring people together... In honor of her most purposeful life, it’s so appropriate that we have this fund in her name, to support and build more bridges to help make the world better. And the actual award was really hard to decide.
Who can we select to represent this beautiful woman who’s so aptly brought together so many facets of our community...that was really hard.
But the first awardee was not hard to select. This person is very deserving of the first award. This person was very close to Lisa. This person was someone who Lisa mentored and helped to bridge a new and different life. This person was there for Lisa on her final days. This person then immediately proceeded to find a way to bridge people in our greater community.
First there was a zoom program to share various ethnic cooking. Then help was offered to people struggling from the pandemic. Then warm clothes were collected for those in need. Suitcases were collected for foster children.
Wherever there seemed a need in our greater community, this person was there with an entourage of people of all kinds to help her under the auspices of her creation, the Lisa Lerman Mitzvah mavens.
And so well deserved, the first Lisa Lerman Community Bridge award goes to the woman who so aptly builds bridges in Lisa’s name you probably all know that that woman is Elisheva Lerman.”
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