40th Anniversary of The Jewish-American Hall of Fame Honored by Alameda County

Gail Steele, Supervisor, Second District, Alameda County, California presented an official Commendation celebrating the 40th anniversary of the non-profit Jewish-American Hall of Fame, that was founded at the Magnes Museum in Berkeley, to Founding Director Mel Wacks on June 15th.

On June 15th, Gail Steele, Supervisor of the Second District of Alameda County, California, presented a Commendation from the County of Alameda to Mel Wacks, Founding Director of the non-profit Jewish-American Hall of Fame, to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

The Commendation notes ?in its more than 30 years association [1969-2001], it raised $171,045 for the Magnes Museum.? In addition, ?over 20,000 Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals have been acquired by individuals, synagogues and museums around the world ? ambassadors of good will that will not decay or disappear with time.?

The document continues by observing that ?The Jewish-American Hall of Fame, through its award winning web site www.amuseum.org/jahf, routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, many of them students from Alameda County, as well as throughout the United States and around the world. [It issues] the longest series of art medals being produced in the United States [that is] considered to be one of the most important series of medals in recent years (Catalog of the XXII Congress of the F?d?ration Internationale de la M?daille, Helsinki).?

The Commendation concludes: ?Therefore, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors ? does commend The Jewish-American Hall of Fame for its forty years of promoting unique and accomplished Jewish Americans and sharing their life history with Alameda County residents, and express great appreciation to its founder and director, Mel Wacks, for making the County of Alameda [home of the Magnes Museum], a better place in which to live ??

Seymour Fromer, Founder and Director Emeritus of the Magnes Museum, who is also singled out in the Commendation for his enthusiastic mentoring of The Jewish-American Hall of Fame, attended the ceremony in the council chambers of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Following the presentation, Wacks and Fromer drove to the nearby residence of Victor Ries who is in his 101st year, to share the honor with him. The Commendation describes how ?the unique shape of Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals was created by long-time Berkeley resident Victor Ries, who designed the Judah L. Magnes and Touro Synagogue medals.?

An emotionally moved Mel Wacks thanked Supervisor Steele and the Board of Supervisors by saying ?This was a wonderful day that I will always remember.? Wacks also expressed his appreciation to Mark S. Weinberger, Legislative Affairs Aide to Ms. Steele, for all of his help.

Since 2001, The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has been a Division of the American Jewish Historical Society. A special medal commemorating its 40th Anniversary will be issued later this year.


Contact Details

Company Name: Jewish-american Hall Of Fame
Issued By: Mel Wacks
Phone: 818-225-1348
Zip: 91364
Website: Visit the website

by Mel Wacks (few years ago!)

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