Honoring Dr. Steven Windmueller
It gives us great pleasure to announce to our local community the winner of this year’s AZA Alumnus of the Year Award, Dr. Steven Windmueller.
Dr. Windmueller has shown a sincere and devoted commitment to the local and global Jewish community. This award is a symbol of appreciation from the entire organization and teen movement for his efforts, advocacy and leadership to the entire Jewish community.
Dr. Windmueller will accept this honor at International Convention in Los Angeles, February 20th. All are welcome to attend the ceremony . . . along with our 700+ teens in attendance.
Please be sure to visit this website to join us in celebrating and honoring Dr. Windmueller.
Official Press Release
Dr. Steven Windmueller Awarded AZA Alumnus of the Year Award
Washington, DC - BBYO, Inc., the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, is proud to announce Dr. Steven Windmueller as the Sam Beber Distinguished AZA Alumnus Award Winner. Sam Beber z”l recognized the importance of developing leadership potential in young Jewish men in order to strengthen the Jewish community as a whole. The recipient of this award is chosen by AZA members and presented annually to an AZA alumnus who embodies the qualities Sam Beber valued and possessed: fraternity, charity, honor and loyalty.
Windmueller will accept his award on February 20 while addressing more than 700 teens at BBYO’s International Convention in Los Angeles, Calif.
Windmueller is the past Dean of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has held a number of other prominent positions within the Jewish community over the course of a thirty year professional career. Prior to coming to HUC, he served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller had previously served for twelve years as a federation director in upstate New York.
At the College, Dr. Windmueller is currently engaged in teaching, writing about issues affecting the Jewish community, and serving as a national consultant to Jewish and non-Jewish institutions. Active in the Jewish community, he currently serves on various community boards and is currently writing about Jewish political behavior. Windmueller is a past Aleph Godol of Monarch AZA in Richmond, VA and says he attributes many of his professional accomplishments to skills he learned in AZA.
"During my high school years, AZA represented both the most positive Jewish experience and social connections,” said Windmueller. “In many ways my involvement with BBYO helped to prepare, inspire and teach me about those complex issues that challenge and impact the lives of teens. I shall be forever grateful for the friendships and connections afforded to me through BBYO."
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 85 years, AZA and BBG chapters in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the lives of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Through the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values of BBYO, which runs service learning and advocacy programs for more than 10,000 Jewish teens, BBYO is positioned to create a stronger movement of Jewish teens committed to service, advocacy and philanthropy. Now, more than ever, BBYO offers unique opportunities for teens to connect with one another, serve their communities, navigate the college admissions process and travel the world, providing each participant with a network of lifelong friends, a perspective which adds value and meaning to life and a shared commitment to strengthening the Jewish future.