JFREJ established the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Award in 1995 to honor people and organizations who have taken extraordinary risks in the pursuit of justice. Rabbi Meyer, who served as the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, was a fighter for social justice, a man of vision who was willing to put acceptance and safety at risk to struggle for a better world. The awardees continue this inspiring legacy through their work combating all forms of oppression and the risks they have taken in doing so.
Honoring Risk Taker Award Recipients:
- Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, for her unwavering, prophetic, and passionate leadership in countless social justice efforts across NYC over the last 25 years, especially work to eradicate Islamophobia and racism. In June 2018 she is retiring from Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, the renowned progressive congregation she founded and has led in Brooklyn since 1993.
- Linda Sarsour, for her tireless leadership supporting Arab and Muslim communities and her invaluable and beloved coalition-building work with Jewish communities in New York City, her dedicated activism within the Movement for Black Lives, and her unparalleled leadership as Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and one of the co-chairs of the Women's March on Washington.
- We Dream in Black, a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, for their brave, visionary, and ground-breaking work to strengthen and expand the power and voices of Black domestic workers and amplify their contributions to a healthy, multiracial, and economically just society for all.