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JEF to hold 2010 Young Family Lecture and Award Presentation

The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana will hold its 2010 Young Family Lecture and Award Presentation on Sunday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m. at Touro Synagogue.

The Young Family Award for Professional Excellence will be presented to Bruce Spizer and the Jewish Federations of North America Endowment Achievement Award will be presented to Marcus Hirsch of Baton Rouge.

The Young Family Award recognizes legal, financial, and estate-planning professionals from the New Orleans Jewish community who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the future of Judaism, the Jewish community, and for their clients by encouraging tax-wise planned giving to JEF. Their specialized knowledge of tax laws serves both their clients and JEF.

Bruce Spizer is a former long-serving JEF board member, an ardent supporter and past president of Hillel, and a past Chair of JEF’s Professional Advisory Committee, as well as a former Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans board member. As an estate planning attorney, he is an expert in guiding clients to their philanthropic goals. In 1996, he opened the Bruce Spizer Donor Advised Fund at JEF.

Bruce is a native of New Orleans and earned his undergraduate degree in economics and his MBA and law degrees from Tulane University. He is a past president of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council and past president of the Association of Employee Benefits Planners. In addition to his professional and civic work, Bruce is the author of seven critically acclaimed books on the Beatles and is considered the one of the world’s leading experts on the group. He also serves as a consultant on Beatles projects for EMI/Capitol Records.

The Jewish Federations of North America Endowment Achievement Award will be presented at the luncheon to Marcus Hirsch. This award recognizes members of the lay community who, through their leadership, vision, and dedication have helped in the successful growth of JEF’s endowment funds.

Marcus Hirsch is a real estate developer. He and his wife Rachelle are natives of New Orleans and have lived in Baton Rouge for many years. They were instrumental in helping JEF establish a temporary office in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina. The Hirsches opened a JEF Donor Advised Fund in 2001 and are participants in the “Create a Jewish Legacy” program. They have also established philanthropic funds for each of their six grandchildren. A generous donor to Jewish charities in both cities, Marcus has been a JEF board member since 2004 and has been nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary on JEF’s Executive Committee.

The program will also feature a conversation between Hans J. Sternberg of Baton Rouge and Eli N. Evans, author of The Provincials and president emeritus of the Charles Revson Foundation. They will discuss Mr. Sternberg’s book, We Were Merchants: The Sternberg Family and the Story of Goudchaux’s and Maison Blanche Department Stores.