For over 65 years, the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews has awarded community leaders for their humanitarian efforts.
The coalition’s award, the Silver Medallion, is given to people who exemplify MCCJ’s mission to create an inclusive community for all faiths.
This year, the Silver Medallion will go to Merrett Stierheim, Ruth Shack, T. Willard Fair, and Peter Dolara. MCCJ also will posthumously honor Tony Goldman. The Clergy Medallion will go to Rabbi Gary Glickstein.
The ceremony to honor the recipients is a black-tie event this Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave.
Here’s a rundown on the winners:
• Fair was appointed by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, to the U.S. Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs. He visited various American embassies to promote cultural diplomacy. He also was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships-Miami Regional Selection Panel in 2010 and 2011.
• Shack, a former Miami-Dade county commissioner, is the president emeritus of the Miami Foundation after leading the organization as president for 24 years. During her presidency, she focused on the need to help people cross ethnic barriers in the Greater Miami area.
• Stierheim, a former Miami-Dade county manager and schools superintendent, also is one of the founders of major Miami-Dade civic and municipal institutions such as the Beacon Council, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Metro Miami Action Plan, and the Human Service Alliance.
• Dolara is involved in South Florida service through is work in developing tourism in Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is also the Co-Chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade Annual Campaign.
• Glickstein has been the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach since 1985. He also is the founding executive director of the Woldenberg Center for Jewish Life and serves on the advisory boards of the Lehrman Community Day School and the Greater Miami Coalition for a Drug Free Community.
• Goldman, who died in September, was a Vietnam veteran and real estate developer. He was instrumental in turning South Beach from a retirement spot to one of the country’s hippest hotel districts. He also played a role in reviving Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood as an arts destination.
The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews is dedicated to promoting understanding for all faiths, races, and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. MCCJ also hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the country.
Sponsorship levels and tables are available for the ceremony. Individual tickets are $350, or $500 for patron level, which includes preferred seating. For information, call the MCCJ office at 305-755-6096.