Ralph Attie of Panama City, Panama, 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. Attie 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.
Attie is a leader of B’nai B’rith Panama and assumed the presidency of the lodge in 2008. B’nai B’rith Panama has more than 120 active members, making it the biggest lodge in a district that encompasses the Caribbean, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. Under his leadership the region saw an increase in membership and the formation of two new lodges.
During his presidency he also assisted in the development of the social issues improvement program known as “JUPA,” the Youth Leadership Program and the Human Rights Commission.
In addition to his work with B’nai B’rith, Attie volunteers with social campaigns that help natural-disaster victims.
Other winners of the 2012 Label A. Katz award are: Edwige Ouaknine of Lev, France; Rebecca Saltzman of Denver; Jorge Silberberg of Montevideo, Uruguay; Stephen Stern of Annapolis, Md.; and Eduardo Weinstein of Santiago, Chile.
Watch Ralph Attie Speak at the Label A. Katz Young Leadership Awards Program