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Is Your Rabbi/Cantor a Human Rights Hero? Each year, T'ruah honors two rabbis/cantors who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and dedication to a leadership focused on human rights work. And each year we turn to you, our supporters, to help us find these extraordinary leaders. Does your rabbi/cantor deserve this honor?


Nominate your rabbi or cantor for T’ruah’s Human Rights Hero Award


Two rabbis/cantors will be honored in person at T'ruah’s annual benefit on Monday, May 9th, 2016 in New York City, as guests of T'ruah. Their stories will be featured on T'ruah’s website and in our newsletters, and shared via related media.


What does it mean to be a Human Rights Hero?
Nominated rabbis/cantors will be tireless leaders in progressing human rights issues in North America and/or Israel and the occupied territories. They are strongly committed to working towards the dignity and worth of every person, consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Jewish belief that every person is a creation in the divine image.


Who is eligible to be nominated as a Human Rights Hero? 

  • Rabbis and cantors who work within a Jewish community setting, such as a synagogue, school, camp, JCC or other related organization
  • S/he must live and work in the United States or Canada
  • S/he may be retired and may be an emeritus rabbi or cantor
  • Rabbis/cantors who work full-time for social justice or human rights organizations are not eligible
  • T'ruah board members and T'ruah staff members are not eligible
  • Selected rabbis/cantors must be available to attend the benefit in New York City on May 9th, 2016, as guests of T'ruah


Who is eligible to nominate a rabbi/cantor? 

  • Members of the nominated rabbi/cantor’s community, such as a synagogue member, a student, a parent of a student or camper, a JCC or Hillel member, or someone who participates regularly in activities organized by the rabbi/cantor’s community
  • Nominators may not be staff members of the rabbi/cantor’s community
  • Self-nominations will not be considered


How do I nominate my rabbi/cantor? 
To nominate your rabbi/cantor, please fill out the application. You may start your application now and return to it at a later date by creating a login at the top of this page. The deadline to submit completed applications is Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. This application will require you to:


  • Fill out contact information for yourself, your rabbi/cantor, and two additional community members
  • Write a brief statement (250-300 words) about what makes your rabbi/cantor a human rights hero
  • Enlist two members of your rabbi/cantor's community to each write a recommendation letter


Once you submit your completed application, you will receive an email confirming that your nomination has been received. All applications, complete with your letter and two supporting letters, must be received by Tuesday, Ocober 20th, 2015, by 10:00 PM eastern time. Please leave enough time for your recommenders to submit their letters. Incomplete nominations will not be processed.


How will rabbis/cantors be selected? 
A distinguished group of rabbis make up the selection committee that has been formed to select our two rabbinical human rights heroes for 2016:  


  • Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy in Yardley, Pennsylvania
  • Rabbi Amy Eilberg in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Rabbi Mordechai Liebling in Wyncote, Pennsylvania
  • Rabbi Susan Talve in St. Louis, Missouri


Please do not contact selection committee members regarding this program. We disclose this information so that the selection process is transparent; any emails sent to the selection committee members will be deleted without review. Thank you for respecting this request.


All applications, complete with supporting letters, must be received by Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, by 10:00 PM eastern time.


Nominate your rabbi/cantor now for T'ruah’s Rabbinic Human Rights Hero Award. If you don't have all the information you need for the application, you can save your application by creating a login at the top of this page and returning to it at a later date.


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