We are delighted to announce that Rabbi Toba Spitzer was presented with the Elizabeth Wyner Mark Peace Award at the Americans for Peace Now What Would Leibel Do (WWLD)? Awards Dinner on January 11, 2015. Mazel tov and yasher koach to Rabbi Toba!
Rabbi Toba Spitzer has served Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, MA, since 1997. She is a popular teacher of courses on Judaism and economic justice, among other subjects, and has been involved for many years in American Jewish efforts to help foster a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbi Spitzer served as the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association from 2007-2009, becoming the first lesbian or gay rabbi to head a national rabbinic organization. She has been included in Newsweek’s Top 50 Rabbis in America, the Forward 50 list of most influential American Jews, and the Forward list of 50 Female Rabbis Who Are Making A Difference.
APN Board Member Dr. Elizabeth Wyner Mark was a clinical psychologist, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and Clinical Supervisor at McLean Hospital. After her passing in 2006, APN established the “Elizabeth Wyner Mark Peace Award” which is presented in her native Boston to pay tribute to her activism, scholarship, and memory.