Kaplinsky to receive Salmon Award from New Orleans NCJW

The New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will honor Barbara Kaplinsky will be honored with the prestigious Harold Salmon, Sr. Award for her contributions of time and talents over many years.

Last presented in 2020, the award will be presented at the NCJW closing general meeting and brunch, June 30 at 11 a.m. at the Metairie Country Club.

The award was named for a Jewish community leader who recognized the value of volunteerism, and who demonstrated his strong commitment to the welfare of NCJW. It is given to recipients who have helped to create an overall awareness of NCJW and served as an innovator and motivator of people and resources. Former recipients over the previous decade include Susan Kierr, Barbara Greenberg, Ina Weber Davis, Shellye Farber, Tricia Kirschman, Sue Singer, Loel Weil Samuel, Kathy Shepard, Dana Shepard and Beth Hershberg.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick will keynote the event and address the department’s efforts to protect and preserve the city.

Kirkpatrick is one of the most tenured police executives in the country, with over 35 years of policing experience and 20 years as a chief of police. A Memphis native, Kirkpatrick has served a diverse number of jurisdictions, transforming police departments and reducing violent crime.

Kirkpatrick most recently served as chief of police in Oakland, where she successfully increased police accountability and transparency, resulting in a 20-year low homicide rate and a decrease in non-fatal shootings. Kirkpatrick also held top law enforcement positions in Chicago and various cities in the State of Washington, as well as serving as Undersheriff of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to serving as NCJW president from 2017 to 2019, Kaplinsky has served in leadership and committee positions within every NCJW department, including advocacy/public affairs, development, community services, administration, programs, membership and a variety of presidential committees. Her most recent leadership position includes chairing the 2023/24 nominating committee, co-chair of the NCJW 120th Celebration, chair of the marketing/media committee and editor of the NCJW Bulletin. Kaplinsky also serves as the NCJW liaison of Together New Orleans, an NCJW Community Service.

Other accomplishments include leading the efforts for the Section to be recognized with the national ‘Champions for Social Change’ award and helping establish Engaging New Voices and Voters, an innovative voter registration, education and turnout coalition which, since 2018, has registered many thousands of new voters.

She also served as a member of the NCJW awards committee charged with selecting winners of national awards for Visionary Leadership, Enduring Advocate and Inspiring Leadership.

The event will also include Section President Gail Chalew highlighting accomplishments from the past year and presiding over the ceremony to elect the 2024-25 board.

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at www.ncjwneworleans.org.