Woman Who Dared Awardee
Susie Gelman, an attorney by training, has been active in the nonprofit community as a volunteer leader for nearly forty years. She was campaign chair and served three terms as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She also served as the inaugural chair of the Birthright Israel Foundation and as president of the Georgetown Day School Board of Trustees. She is a board member of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a centrist organization dedicated to the achievement of the two-state solution, and a member of the Board of Governors of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as board member and secretary of the Goldman Environmental Foundation.
Susie is passionate about the issue of marriage equality and was actively involved in the successful campaign to pass Question Six in Maryland in 2012, the first voter referendum to approve same-sex marriage. She currently co-chairs iRep (Israel Religious Expressions Platform), a voluntary initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to promote and advance freedom of choice of marriage in Israel.
Susie participated in the Wexner Heritage program and received the Jerome J. Dick Young Leadership Award, as well as the JCC of Greater Washington’s Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Achievement. She and her husband Michael are the proud parents of three terrific children.
March 14, 2016
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