Judith Wolkoff of Pepper Pike, a volunteer at Transplant House of Cleveland, is the 2019 recipient of the Irene Zehman Volunteer Award that will be presented at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 2019 Women’s Philanthropy Spring Brunch from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. June 2 at Landerhaven, in Mayfield Heights.

The award recognizes an unsung Jewish woman or group of women who demonstrate the highest ideals and practices of volunteer service on behalf of the Jewish and/or general community.

“Judith’s work with the Transplant House exemplifies the Jewish value of caring for one another,” said Danielle Wild, chair of the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy. “She makes the Transplant House feel like a home for those who are waiting for transplants and helps them feel comfortable in their time of need.”

Wolkoff said, “I always feel accomplished when I leave the Transplant House. I feel good that I delivered homemade baked goods, cleaned the floors, and stocked the tissues. I volunteer out of the goodness of my heart and with good Jewish values. I’m giving my time to help people in need, which to me is the greatest joy.”

Judge Rachel Freier, New York City Criminal Court Judge and first Chassidic woman elected to public office, will be the featured speaker. 

The Irene Zehman Award was established in 1980 by Roslyn Z. Wolf and Judith Z. Sherman in memory of their mother, Irene Zehman. 

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