2008-06-04 / Federation


Rudner to Receive National Award

Gerri Rudner Gerri Rudner Gerri Rudner has been named Southern New Jersey's recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award presented by United Jewish Communities (UJC), the umbrella organization of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

UJC and its National Women's Philanthropy (NWP) created the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award as a tribute to Norma Kipnis- Wilson and Toby Friedland, z"l, co-founders of UJC's Lion of Judah program in 1972. The Lion of Judah is an international honor society that recognizes women who make gifts of at least $5,000, in their own names, to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign in their respective communities.

Rudner is one of an exclusive group of women worldwide to receive this distinguished honor, first presented in 2004. Honorees have made a significant impact in their communities that will leave an enormous imprint for generations to come, and have motivated other women to take an active role in philanthropy and Jewish community involvement.

The Jewish Federation and its Annual Campaign have been the recipient of Rudner's time and energy during a distinguished volunteer career. She is a longstanding member of the Federation Board of Directors; has served on the Federation Executive Board; is a past Women's Division president and was Vice President of Education and Outreach for Women's Division. Her past involvement also includes chairing Women's Outreach, the Campaign for the country club division for 2 plus years and Chairing the Women's Country Club day for 5 years. She also chaired Women's Leadership training program for two years.

Rudner is the 1993 recipient of the Jewish Federation's Shellie Greenspun Young Leadership Award which recognizes emerging leaders. She also chaired the Annual Campaign Major Gifts Dinner. Presently, she is co-chairing a Lion of Judah Endowment event scheduled for next month.

In addition to her Jewish Federation involvement, Rudner has been a board member of Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill for 14 years and has served as the synagogue's vice president of membership for 5 years. She has also been honored by Israeli Bonds at their Annual Dinner.

Rudner and her husband, Arthur, reside in Cherry Hill, Margate and Delray Beach, FL. They have 2 adult children and 1 grandchild.

The presentation of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award to Rudner will be take place at the International Lion of Judah Conference in Israel from Nov 12-16. .

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