Peter Chortek Leadership Award
Do you know someone who demonstrates excellence in community service, leadership, and philanthropy?
The Peter Chortek Leadership Award recognizes Jewish high school students in San Diego who are making a difference in our community by taking
tikkun olam to the next level through their innovative leadership and passion.
Watch Lola and Sophie’s video below.
year at the Lawrenceville School and created
Helping the Hungry Virtually. Ashley saw how many members of the community were being affected by COVID-19 and wanted to help provide those people with as much food as possible. Her project is now in seven states around the country and has provided over 200 families with gift cards to various supermarkets. Ashley found a group of teens from all over the nation and united them with the common interest of helping people dealing with food insecurity due to COVID-19. Ashley is committed to continuing this project into the future.
Watch Ashley’s video below.
Kids Too that has donated over five thousand dollars’ worth of school supplies to students at under-resourced schools across San Diego County. She made it her mission to inspire others who are driven towards community service to go out and pursue that idea. Natalie said that from a young age she cared about the under-privileged students at her school and wanted to do something to help. She has made that vision a reality.
Watch Natalie’s video below.
it is getting to talk the people she is helping and learn more about them.
Watch Abigail’s video below.
Chortek Award Links
- Applicants have organized and led an extraordinary tikkun olam project that has benefited others, their neighborhood, the community, the environment, or the world.
- Applicants have demonstrated initiative, passion and positive spirit, and have inspired others to make a difference.
- Applicants have created awareness about their issue, cause, or project.
- Applicants have a long-term vision for the growth and sustainability of their work.
- Applicants must currently be in high school, and have been involved with their project for at least one year prior to application.
Award Recipients Receive:
- $5,400 Stipend
- $540 to establish a Donor Advised Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation
- Professional Video about your project
Competitive applicants for this award have dedicated significant time and intention to:
- Creating a new project or program to improve his/her community, or;
- Enhancing an existing project or program through innovation and community building, or;
- Inspiring large numbers of their peers to get involved in service projects or social justice programs.
About the Peter Chortek Leadership Award
Peter Chortek z”l was not religious, but fiercely proud of being Jewish. He was committed to making a difference. His passion and focus was Jewish education, believing quality Jewish education would help insure a vibrant Jewish future. For Peter it meant being supportive of venues that would influence Jewish continuity. These include: day schools, Jewish camps, Hillel, Birthright, March of the Living, Jewish Community Centers and his synagogue.
The Peter Chortek Leadership Award was created to foster Jewish communal involvement by rewarding Jewish teens who are practicing tikkun olam, repairing the world.