Please join us for a dessert and cocktail reception as we honor our community’s professional and volunteer leadership.
This Year's Award Recipients:
Nancy K. Kaufman Award for Excellence in Volunteering: Abby Flam
Abby Flam is a health care planner and administrator who has focused on improving health care access and program development over many years. She is currently the Senior Liaison Officer for Atrius Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians where she manages a strategic and operational partnership since 2010. At various points in her career Abby has worked as the Director of Planning for Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) where she was responsible for planning and coordinating the rebuilding of the hospital, was the VP for Ambulatory Services at BIDMC, worked in MA state government for the DPH, and also was the founding principal and managed for 10 years a health care strategic planning consultant practice based in Boston and London. Abby’s commitment to social justice and urban issues started when she was an undergraduate in Urban Studies at Tufts University /Jackson College and was furthered at Harvard where she received a Masters in City Planning focused on health planning. She is involved in the community on the Board of Directors at Temple Emanuel in Newton, the JCRC Board, the JVS Board with GBIO (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) and serves on the Caring & Social Justice Commission for CJP. She lives in Newton and has launched a son and two daughters, and is the proud Safta to her grandson.
Warren B. Kohn Award for Outstanding Professional Jewish Community Relations:
Robert Trestan is the Regional Director of ADL New England with responsibility for overseeing ADL’s program delivery, community relations, and advocacy initiatives across the region. As a civil rights leader and attorney for more than 25 years, he has prioritized developing community partnerships and initiatives that advocate for justice, equity and fair treatment for everyone. Robert was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes.
He has consulted and provided expertise on hate crimes to civil society groups in several countries and is part of an international team that provides hate crime training to police and prosecutors across Europe.