Weston First Selectman Weinstein to receive leadership award

Gayle Weinstein

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will honor Gayle Weinstein of Weston, Joyce and Ken Backman, and Rabbi Robert Orkand at ADL’s 2012 Upper Fairfield County Award Reception at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, in Westport.

Gayle Weinstein will receive ADL’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award. She has served as Weston’s first selectman since 2009, and has been on Weston’s Board of Selectmen since 2007.

She is the vice chairman of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities Task Force on Children, Youth and Families and is a board member of the UJA-Federation of Westport-Weston-Wilton-Norwalk.

The Backmans also will receive ADL’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award. Dr. Ken Backman is the founder of Allergy and Asthma Care of Fairfield County LLC. He is the co-chairman of the ADL Westport Committee, a member of the ADL executive board and on the board of directors of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.

Ms. Backman is a registered nurse who assists her husband with his practice. She is also active in Hadassah, serving on the Connecticut executive board and beginning her third nonconsecutive term as Westport chapter president in January.

After 30 years at Temple Israel, Rabbi Robert Orkand will retire in June. A former recipient of ADL’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award, chairman of ADL’s Interfaith Committee, and a valued ADL regional board member, Rabbi Orkand will receive a Special Recognition Award for his service to the Anti-Defamation League, his synagogue and community.

The award reception, which recognizes those with exceptional dedication to serving the Upper Fairfield County community, is one of ADL’s premier annual events in Connecticut, attracting approximately 300 prominent citizens from Upper Fairfield County.

For more information, contact Janet Magid, associate development director, at 203-288-6500, ext. 313, or [email protected]

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is devoted to fighting anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bigotry, building bridges of understanding and safeguarding our liberties.

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