Call for Nominations for JEWISHcolorado Young Women Leadership Awards

Sep 12, 2022 | Article

Call for Nominations for JEWISHcolorado Young Women Leadership Awards

Sep 12, 2022

(DENVER) — JEWISHcolorado is currently accepting nominations for the Fenner and Topelson Young Women’s Scholarship Funds, made possible through generous donations from the families of Linda Fenner, z”l and Becky Topelson, z”l.

 Each year, the two funds award up to $6,000 in scholarships. The purpose of the scholarships is to enable young Jewish women to participate in educational conferences, missions to Israel, or other young adult programs that develop leadership skills. Applicants must be Jewish women between the ages of 21 and 45 who have been identified as leaders or as having leadership potential in the Jewish community. They must be Colorado residents.

Applications for the Fenner and Topelson awards are due by Thursday, December 15, 2022

Award winner(s) will be recognized at a JEWISHcolorado event in early 2023. Applications may be downloaded and completed forms must be submitted to Roberta Witkow at

Both Linda Fenner and Becky Topelson women were very active in Denver’s Jewish community; Topelson was active in Russian refugee resettlement efforts in Denver. Linda Fenner had served as President of the Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center Board, member of the Denver Jewish Family Service Board, the Jewish Community Foundation Board, the National Board of the Women’s Philanthropy of the UJC.

About JEWISHcolorado 

Founded in 1946, JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent working together to protect and enhance the well-being of Jews worldwide. JEWISHcolorado raises and allocates funds to a wide variety of partner agencies and organizations in Colorado, Israel and in more than 60 countries worldwide.  Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s annual campaign raised $7 million, and the endowment arm houses nearly $100 million in long-term assets for individuals, agencies, and synagogues in the community. JEWISHcolorado’s mission: to build community and create connections among Jewish people in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. For more information, please contact Roberta Witkow, or 303-316-6491.

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