Ben Mandelkorn Award

The Ben Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award

The Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award annually recognizes individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions in the field of Jewish community organization practice. Ben Mandelkorn, z”l, was the first Executive Director of the Columbus Jewish Federation and Director of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. The Columbus Jewish Foundation established this award, along with his family, to honor his more than 43 years of leadership and dedication. Ben was the founding President and first Executive Director of AJCOP and a committed community organizer.

Ben Mandelkorn
Ben Mandelkorn


There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers for outstanding contributions to the field of Jewish communal service practice.

Previous Ben Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award Winners:

2016
June Fortess and Lee Wunsch
2015
Charles “Chip” Edelsberg and Marc B. Terrill
2014
Alan Gill
2013
Larry Moses and Barry Shrage
2012
Marsha F. Huwtiz
2011
Peter Friedman, Michael Kotzin, and Michael Tarnoff
2010
Lou Solomon
2009
William S. Bernstein
2008
Daniel Allen and Steven Morrison
2007
Phyllis Cook and Jeffrey L. Klein
2006
Maxyne Finkelstein
2005
Jacob Solomon
2004
Jay Yoskowitz*
2003
Dr. John Ruskay
2002
Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon
2001
Cindy Chazan and Stephen H. Hoffman
2000
Max L. Kleinman
1999
Peter H. Wells
1998
Darrell Friedman and Norbert Fruehauf
1997
Howard M. Rieger
1996
Ferne Katleman
1995
Stephen Solender
1994
Michael Schneider
1993
Martin Kraar*
1992
Melvyn H. Bloom
1991
Dr. Steven B. Nasatir
1990
Irving Kessler*
1989
Ben M. Mandelkorn*
1988
Charles Miller* and Carmi Schwartz
1987
Ted Kanner*
1986
Irving Bernstein*

*Deceased