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Former JDC Leader Receives Prize in Israel

Israel’s prestigious Hazani Award for Excellence in Social Welfare has been awarded to Louis D. Horwitz, former head of the Joint Distribution Committee’s operations in Europe, and former director-general of JDC-Malben. In bestowing the honor at a festive gathering in Jerusalem, the Ministry of Social Welfare cited Horwitz for “his outstanding work on behalf of the Jewish people and, in a volunteer capacity, for developing services for the disadvantaged in Israel.”

Horwitz has been active in Israel since his retirement in 1974 as head of JDC-Geneva headquarters in utilizing community centers and other agencies, particularly in the Jerusalem area, in work with the underprivileged in a variety of social, educational and cultural programs to help narrow the poverty gap.