The Jewish Federation of Arkansas will celebrate the efforts of its dedicated volunteers as well as the fifth night of Hanukkah at the Little Rock Marriott Downtown this Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The evening’s grand honorees are Valerie Steinberg and Susan Weinstein who will receive lifetime achievement awards for their extensive work in both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.


The federation would not exist without the efforts of its volunteers, and the Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Awards, established through the generosity of the TRG Foundation, were created to to honor outstanding members of the Jewish community in Arkansas.


Tikkun Olam is a crucial concept in Judaism. It translates as healing or repairing the world and requires that, as a people, Jews have a duty to the world around them, to heal its ills and repair its wrongs, so that the world is a better place for everyone.


As the evening’s grand honorees, Steinberg and Weinstein are exemplars from the Jewish community of the commitment of the Jewish people to bettering the world. They have been selected for their lifelong commitment to and extensive involvement as volunteers and leaders in organizations throughout the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, including as co-Presidents of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.


Other awards winners are:


Dawn Bachman, Congregation Etz Chaim, Bentonville


Choir of Temple Israel, Temple Israel, Jonesboro


Riva Cullinan and Yahelle Yaccoby, Hendrix Hillel, Conway


Richard Estelita, Congregation B’nai Israel, Little Rock


Gwynne Gertz, Jewish Studies Program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


Sherrill Nicolosi and Karen Baim Reagler, Congregation House of Israel, Hot Springs


Toni Roosth, Congregation Agudath Achim, Little Rock


Irene Spalter, Temple Shalom, Fayetteville


Joel Spalter, Jewish Federation of Arkansas


Sarah Stuart, Ati’Day Yisroel Early Childhood Center, Little Rock


Michal and Dr. Shmuel Yaccoby, Lubavitch of Arkansas, Little Rock