Woman Of Distinction 2021

06 Oct 2021

Jewish Care is delighted to present the Woman of Distinction Award this year to Tracy-Ann Oberman for her courageous stand against antisemitism and misogyny both online and in real life.

Acclaimed food writer, Claudia Roden received Jewish Care’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the Jewish community and preserving and promoting traditional Jewish food and heritage.

Raising over £55,000, the event was hosted at the Institute of Directors and was attended by 130 guests. As last year’s event took place online, guests were delighted to be back together in person to celebrate these outstanding achievements. Funds raised will go directly to Sidney Corob House, one of Jewish Care’s residential homes supporting adults with enduring mental health needs. 

Jewish Care’s Woman of Distinction Award luncheon was launched in 1986 as a forum for women in business in the Jewish community to celebrate true Women of Distinction. The honours are given each year to distinguished women from the Jewish community in the UK who have excelled in their chosen field and have made a significant contribution both within and outside the community. Since its inception, the Women of Distinction committee has raised close to £1.5milllion for Jewish Care’s services.

This year, nine Special Recognition Awards were also given to women who have greatly contributed to the community and the NHS during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Special thanks also go to Parks Candles for gifting each attendee with a candle to take away.

Speaking to the audience, Tracy-Ann Oberman said, “I am delighted to receive this award, not just because of what it stands for but because of the work Jewish Care does for our community and beyond.”

Tracy-Ann Oberman also told the audience “I come from a long line of strong Jewish women. My mother has shown me not to cower in the face of adversity.”

Speaking of her experiences tackling antisemitism and misogyny, she said, “The lesson in this is that when you speak with authority and authenticity, you find your voice. Courage calls to courage. We have to say, “We’re Jewish women, we’re here to stay and we’re proud of it.””

Tracy-Ann then introduced Claudia Roden, who spoke passionately about her family’s journey and the discoveries she made talking to people about food and recipes around the world. Claudia discussed how recipes were tied to memories, and how she “Spent 16 years researching a book of Jewish food, connecting with people and personalities” She said “I didn’t want to stop and let go. I discovered my roots and heritage and wanted to keep going.”

Adam Overlander Kaye, Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement at Jewish Care said:

“This year it was incredibly special to be able to hold the event back together in person. We are thrilled to be able to honour Tracy-Ann Oberman, Claudia Roden, and introduce a new Special Recognition Award. There are so many women who do incredible things for our community and beyond and it is only right that they are recognised for their achievements. As always, we are incredibly grateful to our supporters and those who attended the lunch, we could not continue our vital work without them.”