Baltimore Jewish communal professionals Sarah Mersky, Ashley Pressman and Sharon Seigel were honored at this year’s Celebration of Professional Leadership gathering May 22 at Beth El Congregation.

The annual gathering is presented by the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center, a program of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.

Mersky, who is the Baltimore Jewish Council’s deputy director, received the Outstanding Jewish Communal Professional Award for demonstrating exceptional promise and commitment to a Jewish communal service career.

Pressman, executive director of Jewish Volunteer Connection, received the Neely Tal Snyder Community Impact Award, named in memory of the Pearlstone Center program director who passed away in 2015. This award honors professionals who have been instrumental in building hands-on experiences and programming that have community impact and demonstrate creativity, openness and inclusion.

Seigel, senior director of engagement and outreach at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, received the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service Award. This annual award recognizes individuals who have worked in the field of Jewish communal service for at least two decades, serve the greater Baltimore community and demonstrate leadership and exemplary professional skills.

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