Ina Weber Davis was the sole Hannah G. Solomon Award honoree this year. The honor is bestowed annually to a community leader who exemplifies the qualities of National Council of Jewish Women’s founder, stands on issues with which NCJW is in sympathy and brings about social change through community programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity. This first-ever virtual ceremony was attended by nearly 200 family, friends and NCJW members nationwide.
Event Chair Vivian Cahn presented Davis with the Hannah G. Solomon award statue on which was inscribed: Presented to Ina Weber Davis in recognition of her heartfelt desire to improve our community and her inspiration to the next generation of leaders.
In addition to her time serving NCJW, including a double term as President, several other Jewish organizations have benefited from Davis’ leadership. They include the Anti-Defamation League, Tulane Hillel and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Currently she is Co-Chairing the Jewish Federation’s newly created Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs.
Featured testifiers to Davis’ accomplishments were Lindsay Morris, NCJW National Director of Engagement and Leadership; Maryam Henderson-Uloho, Director of SisterHearts, a women’s decarceration initiative; Clay Latimer, an attorney who has worked with Davis for almost a decade with Louisiana Courts Matter; and City Council President Helena Moreno. Touro Synagogue Rabbi Katie Bauman opened the program and called for blessings on Davis and her work. New Orleans City Council member Joe Giarrusso presented Davis with a proclamation from the City of New Orleans.
Davis’ three sons, Matthew, David and Brett, paid a loving tribute to their mother and reiterated how their mother always strives to bring out the best in people.
Event at a Glance
What: “NCJW Hannah G. Solomon Award Virtual Event,” benefiting National Council of Jewish Women GNO
When: Thursday, January 26