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Jerry Magel of Los Angeles is the driving force behind the B’nai B’rith Bagel Brigade, operating in West San Fernando Valley providing free food to people in need—with special attention on ensuring children from low-income families do not go to school hungry.

For his tireless efforts, Magel was named the 2012 winner of the B’nai B’rith International Moe and Berdie Kudler Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, an annual award recognizing B’nai B’rith’s most outstanding volunteer. The award acknowledges enduring and distinguished service on behalf of the organization.

“Jerry’s efforts with the Bagel Brigade embody the very best of tikkun olam—repairing the world,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “The time, effort and creativity shown by Jerry and the volunteers he works with are extraordinary and demonstrate the big effect a few people can have on the lives of others.”

Magel took over the Bagel Brigade after the death of its founder, Herman Berman, in 2010.

For nearly 20 years, B’nai B’rith Bagel Brigade volunteers have gathered daily before sunrise to pack up donated food from local supermarkets and bagel shops to bring to those in need.

“The positive impact from Jerry’s efforts is tangible and vital—feeding the hungry,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “Jerry and the Bagel Brigade don’t just provide a meal to a hungry child—in many cases they provide a portal to learning—because a hungry child can’t concentrate in school.”

B’nai B’rith International was founded in 1843 on the guiding principal of helping those in need.  

Watch Jerry Magel Receive the Kudler Award