Jewish National Fund-USA stressed its solidarity and efforts to protect and improve Israel as it also awarded Cleveland couple Raquel and Michael Haas the Tree of Life Award for their Jewish community service to both local and Israeli efforts during the organization’s Tree of Life Virtual Gala June 8.
The Tree of Life award is given in recognition of outstanding community involvement, professional leadership and dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship with the devotion to peace and the security of human life.
The couple is heavily involved with JNF-USA, the Basser Center at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and numerous domestic and international initiatives.
“Their devotion to our community and Israel is boundless,” said JNF-USA Northern Ohio board president Rebecca Bar-Shain, who also served as the president and co-chair of the Tree of Life Virtual Gala Cleveland. “They truly deserve this recognition, and we are proud to recognize them.”
Michael Haas, an international real estate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP and global co-chair of the firm’s real estate practice, serves on the Basser Center Advisory Board for the Basser Center for BRCA as well as one of the Federation’s cabinets. He also served on the board of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike and was a…