Jorge Silberberg of Montevideo, Uruguay, earned the 2012 Label A. Katz Young Leadership Award, named for the youngest person to achieve the office of international president of B’nai B’rith. Silberberg received his award at B’nai B’rith’s 2012 policy conference on Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C.
The award goes to individuals under 45 who have demonstrated outstanding service to the totality of B’nai B’rith and have worked to achieve the goals of the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership program.
The honor has proven a good measure of future achievement in B’nai B’rith, as many presidents and top organizational leaders have won the Label A. Katz award.
Silberberg’s involvement in B’nai B’rith began as a founding member of the IAJAD-18 Unit, a lodge formed by young professionals. The lodge took its name from the Hebrew word for together and the number from the street address in the Warsaw Ghetto where the last bunker of the Jewish resistance stood. He eventually went on to serve as the unit president.
Silberberg was also treasurer of the district encompassing Paraguay and Uruguay from 2009 to 2011 and is currently a director of the district’s Human Rights Commission.
When Montevideo was selected to host the 2011 B’nai B’rith Policy Conference, Silberberg was appointed treasurer of the Host Committee. During the conference he worked collaboratively with the Host Committee chair, organizing and managing the logistics of the conference.
Silberberg resides in Montevideo with his wife Karina, who is also an IAJAD-18 Unit member, and their three daughters.
Other winners of the 2012 Label A. Katz award are: Ralph Attie of, Panama City, Panama; Edwige Ouaknine of Lev, France; Rebecca Saltzman of Denver; Stephen Stern of Annapolis, Md.; and Eduardo Weinstein of Santiago, Chile.
Watch Jorge Silberberg Speak at the Label A. Katz Young Leadership Awards Program