Rebecca Saltzman of Denver has 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. Saltzman received her 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.
Saltzman is a second generation Label A. Katz winner; her father, Gary P. Saltzman, received the award in 1989. Rebecca and Gary are the only legacy pair to win the award. Growing up in a B’nai B’rith family set Rebecca Saltzman on a path to become a Jewish leader in her community. Throughout her time serving the organization she has increasingly taken on programs, initiatives and leadership roles locally, nationally and internationally.
As a member of the Denver Lodge, Saltzman has worked with the city’s homeless, organizing a gift box program for people to sponsor homeless families at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and starting an annual underwear drive for those less fortunate. She serves on the lodge’s board of directors as chair of the Young Professional & Outreach Committee and as vice president of programming. Saltzman also has played a significant role increasing membership, and boosting fundraising and programming.
Saltzman was appointed to the B’nai B’rith Board of Governors in 2009 and has been actively involved in the National Young Professional Network, Marketing Committee and Leadership Committee. She has also been a B’nai B’rith delegate to the World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem.
Saltzman resides in Colorado where she is a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with trauma, adoption issues and life transitions.
Other winners of the 2012 Label A. Katz Award are: Ralph Attie of, Panama; Edwige Ouaknine of Lev, France; Jorge Silberberg of Montevideo, Uruguay; Stephen Stern of Annapolis, Md.; and Eduardo Weinstein of Santiago, Chile.
Watch Rebecca Saltzman Speak at the Label A. Katz Young Leadership Awards Program