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Rabbi Judy Schindler honored by Florence Crittenton Services


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Rabbi Judy Schindler honored by Florence Crittenton Services

Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice

at Queens University Awarded 2018 Lucille Giles Award


(May 18, 2018) On Tuesday, May 15, Rabbi Judith Schindler, Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte, was awarded Florence Crittenton Services’ (FCS) Lucille Giles Award at the FCS Annual Luncheon. This award is given to an individual with outstanding commitment to human and social concerns, who has supported the women and children served by Florence Crittenton’s programs.

Florence Crittenton Services offers safe housing to pregnant and non-pregnant women and adolescents, where they are provided a continuum of care, focusing on counseling, health care, and vocational/educational services. The Charlotte agency has served over 40,000 individuals since it was established in 1903. Funds raised at the Annual Luncheon are used to maintain and strengthen the agency’s comprehensive services throughout all programs.

Rabbi Schindler has supported Florence Crittenton Services for many years and served on the FCS Board of Directors from 2003-2006.

During her acceptance speech at the 2018 FCS Annual Luncheon, Rabbi Schindler said “Florence Crittenton was built on taking trauma and tragedy and turning it into blessings and new life. It is here where we turn things around and turn a painful past into a bright and blessed future.”

In addition to her support of FCS, she has displayed compassion and dedication to social justice in many of her other life choices. Rabbi Schindler was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving from 1998-2016. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she was an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.

Rabbi Schindler envisioned and led the creation of four social justice documentaries being utilized across the country and has contributed chapters and articles to more than ten books.

Rabbi Schindler is now a contributing columnist for the Charlotte Observer. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, is co-chair of the Rabbinic Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America and is a Trustee of the Reform Pension Board. She is past co-chair of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing, and as co-chair of the Clergy Council of MeckMin.

“We are honored to recognize Rabbi Judy Schindler as the recipient of this year’s Lucille Giles Award,” said Diane Thompson, CEO of FCS, “She has been a long-time supporter of the agency and is a true example of how to live our core values of Compassion, Hope, Accountability, Inclusion and Respect.”