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Introducing the 16 over 61 awards

The Forward is excited to share its newest project in partnership with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan: The 16 Over 61 Awards.

Jewish tradition showcases transformative journeys that begin at older ages. Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Miriam, Naomi and countless others offered life-changing and age-defying contributions in their mature years. Their importance and relevance to their communities and tribes only intensified as they aged.

We are blessed to draw from a religion and culture that values the worth and experience of older adults. The 16 over 61 Awards will spotlight the creativity, leadership and initiative of 16 remarkable people over the age of 61. Nominated by members of the Forward and Marlene Meyerson JCC communities — yes, that means you! — the honorees will be chosen by a committee of peers, lay leaders and Jewish professionals.

Who should you nominate? Any unique individual deeply ensconced in active life fits the bill: experts, educators, leaders, volunteers, you name it. Nominations will be accepted through February 15 and the honorees will be notified mid-March. A virtual celebration will follow.

Nominees will be accepted through the JCC’s website. For more information, email




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