Local humanitarians honored

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently honored Greenwich residents Alma Rutgers and Don Snyder and Rabbi David Israel of Stamford at its 2012 Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award Reception last month at Temple Beth El in Stamford.

Many of Lower Fairfield County’s leading citizens and government officials, including Gov. Dannel Malloy, joined the ADL in the celebration which was also attended by Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman Drew Marzullo.

The ADL described the annual award reception and gala dinner as one of its premier events in Connecticut.

From left, ADL Connecticut Regional Board Chair Mitch Weseley, ADL Connecticut Regional Director Gary Jones, and honorees Alma Rutgers, Don Snyder and Rabbi David Israel. — Harold Shapiro photo

From left, ADL Connecticut Regional Board Chair Mitch Weseley, ADL Connecticut Regional Director Gary Jones, and honorees Alma Rutgers, Don Snyder and Rabbi David Israel.
— Harold Shapiro photo

Mr. Snyder and Ms. Rutgers are married and reside in Greenwich.

Mr. Snyder is a retired producer for NBC’s Today Show and Ms. Alma has served in Greenwich town government for more than 25 years and is a columnist for the Greenwich Time. Rabbi Israel is the Rabbinic Dean at Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford.

“It was an exceptional evening,” said ADL Regional Director Gary Jones.

“We had highly deserving honorees who clearly understand the value of ADL’s work. We are proud of the strong relationship we have with the towns comprising Lower Fairfield County and the support we have from our constituents in those towns.”

“Additionally, we are enormously appreciative that Mr. Malloy took the time to address our guests,” Mr. Jones added. “His ability to explain the role of ADL in helping to pass important legislative initiatives in partnership with the Governor further reinforced the impact we have in making Connecticut a better place to live and work.”

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