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The establishment of this unique award was inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of a movement in the Capital District to embrace the best of the human spirit in us all.

The Circle of Humanity Award represents our recognition of those who demonstrate what can be accomplished within each person’s heart and soul.

Through one-on-one contact and group relations, each of us can work to sensitize others with the hope of reaching a deeper and more abiding understanding of our differences and similarities.

This award is given to those who have shown courage and initiative to reach out, together, to create an atmosphere that is at once positive, exciting and contagious – spreading its arms in an extension of human circles which includes those in every walk of life.

From our small corner of the universe at Temple Israel, may the Circle of Humanity grow until we are all worthy to be a part of it.

This award is presented to local individuals and institutions who devote themselves to making a positive difference in our community and beyond.