Shore-Whitehill Award

Champion: a person who enthusiastically supportsdefends, or fights for a personbeliefright, or principle.


The Shore-Whitehill Award celebrates champions of inclusion in our community; individuals like:

  • Lisa Lederer, Co-Chair of the DisAbility Task Force at Temple Sinai, whose efforts around mental health are working to fight the stigma of mental illness;
  • Dr. Matthew Keller, former Board Chair of Jewish Family and Community Services, whose leadership and work for inclusion of people with disabilities have earned him local and national praise;
  • Dorothy Pollon, Board of Directors of the Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, whose tireless advocacy on behalf of children and young adults with disabilities has made her a powerful voice for inclusion in the Pittsburgh Community.

Do you know someone who is a champion of inclusion in the Jewish community? If so, we hope you will consider nominating this individual, on behalf of your congregation, organization, or group, for the Shore-Whitehill Award. The nomination process is simple and easy.


 Click this link  to view and fill out the online nomination form.


 Nominations will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria: the value of the nominee’s contributions as a champion of inclusion; and the commitment of the nominating congregation, group or organization to publicly honoring the nominee so his/her/their efforts may serve as a springboard for change and inspire further action by others.

The nominating group or organization will receive a grant of $1000 to help underwrite the costs of a recognition event and/or inclusion activities to be held during JDAIM 2022 (Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, February 2022).


The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 1, 2021.


We look forward to hearing from you!