The Mazals

JFREJ's Annual Awards Ceremony, Celebration, and Fundraiser

Every year, The Mazals is an opportunity to join together in lifting up the incredible vision, courage, and dedication of the people in our community and wider movement who’ve demonstrated — whether quietly behind the scenes, or loudly and proudly on the frontlines — creative leadership in moving a transformative agenda. The Mazals is also a time and place for us to bask in the glow of our collective accomplishments and to ground ourselves in our love, respect, and admiration for one another.

Below is a complete list of all previous honorees 1995 - 2020:


1995

Henry Schwarzschild (z”l)

1996

Sam Wallach (z”l) and the Teacher’s Union

The Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association

1997

Allen Ginsberg (z”l)

Judith Malina (z”l)

Emcee: Jenny Romaine

1998

Martin S. Needleman

Southside Fair Housing Committee

Emcee: Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark

1999

Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (z”l)

Dr. Sandi Cooper

Mrs. Edith B. Everett

Welfare Rights Initiative

Emcee: Marjorie Fine

2000

Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark

Donna Nevel

Emcee: Marlene Provizer

2002

Dr. Alan Berkman (z”l)

The Innocence Project

Robert Meeropol

Susan Rosenberg

Laura Whitehorn

Youth Force

Emcee: Ossie Davis (z”l)

2003

Domestic Workers United

DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving

Adam Shapiro and the Shapiro Family

Henry Foner (z”l)

Annette Rubenstein (z”l)

Emcees: Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley and Ellen Gurzinsky

2004

Tami Gold

Juan González

Amy Goodman

Naomi Klein

Richie Pérez (z”l)

Art Spiegelman

Emcee: Reno

2005

Audre Lorde Project

Jessie Cagan (z”l) & Leslie Cagan

Rev. James Alexander Forbes

Seymour Melman (z”l)

Michael Ratner (z”l)

Emcee: Kate Clinton

2006

Tony Kushner

Grace Paley (z”l)

The Members of Transport Workers Union Local 100

2007

New York AIDS Housing Network

Frances Goldin

Adrienne Rich (z”l)

Debbie Almontaser

Emcee: John Guare

2008

Ann Cook

Families for Freedom

Deborah Meier

Mikey Weinstein

Emcees: Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez

2009

Picture the Homeless

David Rothenberg

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph

Emcee: Jennifer Miller

2010

Si Kahn

Adrienne Cooper (z”l)

Stephen Said

Emcee: Marjorie Fine

2011

Jose Antonio Vargas

United We Dream

Freedom Riders Reverend C.T. Vivian and Joan Pleune

Emcee: Ariel Federow

2012

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz (z”l)

ACT UP

Eric Ward

Emcee: Deb Margolin

2013

Rinku Sen

Alan Levine

Communities United for Police Reform

Emcee: Jenny Romaine

2014

Debby King

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Andrea Ritchie and Streetwise & Safe

Emcee: Urvashi Vaid

2015 - 25th Anniversary

Cynthia Greenberg

Jenny Romaine

Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors

Emcees: Linda Sarsour and Eric Ward

2016

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities

Deepa Iyer

Yavilah McCoy

Emcee: Kate Bornstein

2017

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann

Linda Sarsour

We Dream in Black

Emcee: Yehudah Webster

2018

Marisa Franco & Mijente

Justice Committee

Ruby Sales

Laura Wernick

Emcee: Barbara Smith

2019

Mariame Kaba

Tiffany Cabán

Make the Road NY

2009 JFREJ Board of Directors

Emcee: Audrey Sasson (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in absentia)

2020

Anthonine Pierre and Brooklyn Movement Center

Jews For Jamaal

Let My People Go

Nurses of NYSNA

Emcee: Morgan Bassichis

2021

Joo-Hyun Kang

Shoshana Brown

The Fund Excluded Workers Hunger Strikers

Upper West Side Open Hearts, Shams DaBaron (Da Homeless Hero) and the Men of the Lucerne

Emcee: Jaslin Kaur