Jewish activist Judy Gaynor named to scholars commission


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Judy Gaynor, a  Chicago-area human rights and Jewish activist, was named to the federal body that recognizes outstanding high school scholars.

President tapped Gaynor on April 27 as one of two new members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Gaynor, who has been active in Human Rights Watch and in children’s rights, is on the board of J Street, a Jewish group that lobbies for an intensified U.S. role in Middle East peace. She also has been involved with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a liberal group that backs immigration reform and poverty alleviation.  

The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors with a trip to Washington, where they meet top officials and receive a medallion.

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