|[Sarasota – July 16, 2013] Brian Lipton, AJC’s West Coast Florida Regional Director, was honored by his colleagues with the AJC (American Jewish Committee) Staff Excellence Award during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, the Global Forum, held in June. Lipton was the only staff member to earn the award from any of the 25 Regional Offices in the United States. This prestigious award is given annually to employees who have demonstrated their commitment to AJC’s core values: respect, teamwork, integrity, excellence, and accountability. The Global Forum hosted over 1,500 people from all fifty states and sixty foreign countries and is the preeminent global Jewish advocacy conference.
Dan Elbaum, Director of Regional Offices, remarked at the award ceremony that “Brian always makes me happy.” Brian Lipton demonstrates his true love of the Jewish people and a passion for the mission of AJC. At a sold-out lunch program in Sarasota this spring when Executive Director David Harris was the Keynote Speaker, Harris reflected that opening the Regional Office in Sarasota had its challenges, but that “it has worked spectacularly well, and …Brian is the best.” Brian Lipton is known among staff members and community leaders as someone who is committed to AJC’s mission, shows uncompromising attention to detail, and leads the Region with an enthusiastic professionalism which is evident to all.
Lipton has collaborated with lay leaders during his six years with AJC, elevating West Coast Florida to one of AJC’s most successful regional offices. In addition to his current position in Sarasota, he has been promoted to lead the very successful Adenauer Exchange Institute in Berlin, Germany, which is now in its 33rdyear. This esteemed program brings together German government officials and American AJC leaders to engage in discussions regarding German-Israeli relations, anti-Semitism, and German – U.S. relations. He was also appointed to facilitate AJC’s Third Generation Initiative, a program, also in Berlin, which brings together Jewish grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to meet with grandchildren of German soldiers from World War II. He was so moved by the friendships formed as a result of these young people’s experiences, and remarked that “to see a young Jewish woman from New York, holding hands with a young man from Germany, as they lit the memorial candle at a concentration camp, was just incredible.”
For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions. AJC is the preeminent global Jewish advocate. To learn more about AJC, please visit www.ajc.org.