In our ongoing commitment to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, KCET and Union Bank honor local heroes of the Jewish American community for their dedication and commitment to enrich the lives of others.

Honorees 2014

Local Hero: Daniel Lieber

Daniel Lieber, M.D. is an accomplished and renowned physician, and compassionate inter-faith relations activist. He is chair and founder of the Holy Land Democracy Project (HLDP), which is a collaboration between the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that brings an understanding of Israel as a Middle Eastern nation dedicated to a modern and democratic way of life. After touring Israel, teachers return and teach a five-lesson course on The Many Faces of Israel to charter, private and religious schools throughout Southern and Central California. The students of The Many Faces of Israel course participate in an annual competition to showcase their increased understanding of Israel in which they are awarded prizes (Israel Bonds) for their essays, poems, artwork, and multimedia projects. The project, in its 10th year, has reached more than 30,000 high school students in over 60 high schools through 132 teachers and 10 administrators.

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Local Hero: Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman draws upon her vast experience as an actress in theater, musicals, films and television to develop programs that promote peace, change and encourage self-empowerment.

A U.S. born, Israeli immigrant who now lives in Los Angeles, Ms. Ackerman is founder and director of the Advot Project, a registered 501(c) 3 that uses theater for transformation.

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2014 Jewish American Heritage Month Awards

KCETLink honors the 2014 Jewish American Heritage Month Local Heroes recipients Naomi Ackerman and Dr. Daniel J. Leiber.

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Past Heroes
Local Heroes: Abner D. and Roslyn Goldstine

Local Heroes: Abner D. and Roslyn Goldstine

Local Hero: Annette Shapiro

Local Hero: Annette Shapiro

2011 Local Hero: Zane Buzby

2011 Local Hero: Zane Buzby

2011 Local Hero: Stephen Sass

2011 Local Hero: Stephen Sass

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