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Published on Feb 17, 2017
Laura Talmus and Ace Smith are passionate advocates for the Jewish community, civic engagement and empowering young people to address social isolation. For years they have met every challenge with determination, grace and chutzpah, Laura as an innovative leader in the non-profit sector and Ace as a partner at his political consulting firm SCN Strategies. Now as the cofounders of a local grassroots advocacy organization, Beyond Differences, they have created a “Know Your Classmates” campaign that last year established a national awareness day with over 600 schools participating. Committed to the values of l’dor va’dor, Laura and Ace are known throughout the community for mentoring the next generation and putting in the hard work to help shape future leaders. We honored them with The JCRC Courageous Leadership Award on Feb. 16, 2017.