For more than 90 years, the Anti-Defamation League has been a leading civil rights and human relations organization. On Dec. 3, the ADL honored those who exemplify the group’s mission with the 2006 A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award. The honorees were Rabbi David Goldstein and Joseph Maselli. Richard A. Lipsey received the Humanitarian award, and Leadership awards were bestowed on Karen Sher and Nancy Timm.

The event took place at the Wyndham Canal Place, starting with a cocktail reception, then a sit-down dinner featuring Louisiana black drum with spinach and pine nuts as the main entrée. Dessert was a chocolate mousse served in a tulip cup. Honoree Joseph Maselli’s son Frank surprised the crowd by performing a song in both Hebrew and Italian. He was accompanied by harpist Rachel Van Voorhees.

Chairing the event were Tulane University president Scott Cowen and his wife Marjorie, along with Bill and Jane Goldring. ADL regional director Kathy Glazer put great effort into organizing the evening’s party, which drew a crowd of more than 400.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the event raised funds for the ADL to help maintain its operations and its regional office that serves Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Lighting the FlameEvent co-chairs Bill and Jane Goldring with Joseph Maselli and Rabbi David Goldstein

Lighting the FlameJoy Braun, Michael Botnick and Cathy Glazer

Lighting the FlameStan Jacobs and Richard Lipsey



Lighting the FlameJaymi Baum, Nancy Timm and Karen Sher

Lighting the FlameLeann and Ted Moses with Mara and Stephen Kupperman

Lighting the FlameMarsha Zander, Joshua Force and Betty Lazarus