2017 Recipient: Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Rabbi Jonah PesnerRabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, is honored with the 2017 Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award. 

The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University is pleased to announce that Rabbi Jonah Pesner is the 2017 recipient of the Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award.

Established by the Hornstein Alumni Association and friends and colleagues of Bernard Reisman, this award is presented each year at the Hornstein commencement ceremony to a professional who "has demonstrated innovative work and significant leadership… as well as a commitment to the standards of excellence, Jewish commitment and sensitivity to others as reflected by Bernard Reisman in his work."

Rabbi Pesner serves as the director of the religious action center of Reform Judaism and as senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he is an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur and tireless advocate for social justice.

Rabbi Pesner's work embodies the vision and care for interpersonal relations that distinguished the Hornstein Program's long-term director, Bernard Reisman.

Rabbi Pesner presented the keynote address at the Hornstein Class of 2017 commencement on Sunday, May 21.

Please join us in congratulating Rabbi Pesner for his service to the Jewish community.