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The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award

The annual Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award recognizes an emerging Jewish leader who is making a difference in advancing the values of a 21st century Judaism that is learned and passionate, authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian and traditional.

Recipients are recognized based on:

  • Clarity of vision and a strong articulation and dissemination of that vision
  • Ideas and processes that motivate and inspire others to engage in the vision
  • Leadership from any position within an organization


  • Identifies with Conservative Judaism
  • Lay leader (not clergy or other professional staff)
  • In any decade of one’s life.
  • Based in and work in North America.
  • May be nominated by peers, colleagues, supervisors, or self

Recipient receives:

  • A $5,000 stipend
  • Opportunities to connect with other emerging Jewish leaders from across the continent through USCJ and its network of kehillot and leaders
  • Public recognition at USCJ’s General Assembly of Kehillot, in marketing and publicity materials and at USCJ’s biennial convention

The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award is named to honor Shoshana Cardin’s leadership qualities, inspirational guidance and exceptional creativity. The Award recognizes an emerging leader whose work reflects the Cardin ethos and who will continue to follow this path in the future.

Shoshana S. Cardin is one of the most influential Jewish leaders of our time. As a leader, philanthropist, and tireless activist, she has had a global impact in the areas of human rights, women’s rights, education, and strengthening the Jewish People and the State of Israel. She has led by example, rolling up her sleeves and getting to work, persevering in the face of any obstacle to achieve what she knew was right. For Shoshana, true giving includes not only financial help but taking personal responsibility for the people and institutions one supports. Her fearless approach and unbounded energy inspired a generation. Now Shoshana wants to inspire a new cadre of leaders. As a lifelong member and longtime leader of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, she recognizes how profoundly Conservative Judaism has shaped her worldview and inspired her work. She also believes strongly in the power of individuals to effect change, in leaders who confidently pursue their goals and in doing so, engage and inspire others.

The Shoshana S. Cardin Award is designed to recognize and celebrate individuals, of any age and at any stage in their careers, who are nominated by their peers for demonstrating dynamism, leadership and creativity. The award will help ensure that Conservative Judaism has the leaders it needs to inspire a new generation of committed, caring and engaged Jews.

Past Winners:

Shoshana Cardin image courtesy Jewish Women's Archive (

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