The Laurie Rogoway

Outstanding Jewish Professional Award

The Laurie Rogoway Outstanding Jewish Professional Award is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland in recognition of Laurie Rogoway, a pillar of Jewish leadership for over 30 years in Portland.


The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual currently working in a professional capacity at a Jewish communal organization in Greater Portland. The nominee must demonstrate outstanding professional work and a commitment to the field of Jewish professional leadership. 

The winner will receive up to $1800 to subsidize a professional development experience or program. 

Applications for

2023 are now CLOSED!


The Nominee Should Have:


• Commitment to Jewish professional leadership.

• Commitment to the future vitality and vibrancy of the Jewish community and people.

• Knowledge of the issues facing the Jewish community. 

• Approach to Jewish communal service in a creative and innovative way.

• Ability to work as a team player and work collaboratively in the larger community.

• Interest in continuing professional development in the field of Jewish communal service.

Eligibility Criteria:


• The nominee must be an entry to mid-level Jewish professional (e.g. not a member of an organization's executive/senior leadership team).

• The nominee may be any non-clergy from any Jewish communal service discipline (e.g. synagogue, education, etc.).

• The nominee must be a current employee of a Greater Portland-area Jewish organization, and must have worked in the Greater Portland Jewish community for at least 3 years.

• The nominee must demonstrate interest in continuing a career in Jewish professional leadership.

• Professional development would have a meaningful impact on the nominee's professional abilities/expertise.

Responsibilities And Expectations of award winners:


• Attend Federation Annual Meeting June 8, 2023 to receive the Rogoway Award.

• Develop a utilization plan (including estimated costs) within four months of receiving award and present plan to JFGP for approval.

• Serve on the JFGP Selection Committee for this award the following year.

• Monies awarded must be used within 18 months of the award being presented to recipient.

• Integrate the information they obtained through professional enrichment experience into their work as a Jewish communal professional.

• Submit a written summary/deliver a presentation on the professional development experience.

To complete the nomination, please fill out

the online application and submit the

following by upload OR email to Caron Blau Rothstein



1. Letter of Nomination (750 words or less)
Please include how the nominee has had impact on:
• Peers/colleagues
• Constituents served
• Lay leaders
• Broader Community


2. TWO letters of recommendation to help the committee

get acquainted with your nominee.

NOTE: Please notify the Nominee of your Nomination. Once we receive your completed application, we'll send the Nominee a separate application form. 

Previous Winners


Andy Gitelson
Jemi Kostiner Mansfield
Ben Winkleblack
Ben Charlton
Eve Levy
Sonia Marie Leikam
Rachel Nelson 
Missy Fry