Veteran Volunteer Leader Edward Goldberg To Receive N.E. Miles Award
Edward Goldberg has been selected by the officers of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation to be the recipient of this year’s N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be receiving this award at the BJF’s Annual Community Event on Sunday, October 29th, at Temple Emanu-El. A light reception begins at 4:00 pm and the program will start at 5:00 pm. Also honored that evening will be the Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award recipient, Jerry Held; Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award winner Jahan Berns, and Israel Bonds honoree, Rabbi Jonathan Miller.
The N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year to an individual or couple who, in addition to a lifetime of leadership giving to the Birmingham Jewish Federation campaign, also have endowed their Federation gift. This fund is established in the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and is large enough to equal their annual campaign gift. The first recipient of the award was Dr. N.E. Miles, of blessed memory, who was a generous benefactor to the Birmingham Jewish Federation, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation, the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, and many other organizations in Birmingham.
Edward, this year’s recipient has given generously of his time and money. His love for our Jewish community is evident. He said, “Birmingham has been my home for 40 years. We raised our three children here, I started my business here, and I will probably retire here. The people are warm, supportive, and generous. They understand what it takes to make a vibrant community. The Birmingham Jewish community deserves our support — not only our time, but our financial support.”
Edward has given generously, he served as Birmingham Jewish Federation President and as its annual campaign chair. He has served on the Board of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation as well as the executive committee of the LJCC. He has served as Vice President of Temple Beth-El and held a wide range of leadership positions at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School including, Board Vice President. Edward and his late wife Susan, of blessed memory, were honored by Israel Bonds for their many years of support. His service was extended nationally, with a term on United Jewish Appeal’s (now Jewish Federations of North America) Young Leadership Cabinet. Edward has done all this, while serving as President of Alscan, a regional security systems integrator, specializing in the design and installation of low voltage, network based security systems.
Edward’s leadership and motivation should be an inspiration to all of us: “I would like to accept this in honor of my children Marc, Hillary, Robin, and Allison who inspired me and my late wife Susan (who was also President of the Federation), to work in so many areas, to enhance our Jewish lives. My hope is that my children and my dear partner Jeri Davis’s children, will appreciate the importance of this gesture, and recognize that being born Jewish is a cherished gift that should be nurtured and passed on to those that come after us.”
Please join us at the Annual Community Event to pay tribute to Edward’s honor.