Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein, nominated by Pastor Jeff Mikyska of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, is a recognized leader and mentor in addressing social and racial justice issues. As a “community connector” she resourcefully builds action-oriented relationships among civic commissions, interfaith religious coalitions, and educational, social service, health, arts and international relief organizations.
Together with her congregation Rabbi Margaret has participated in events to fight hunger and poverty. She organized, in coordination with other religious leaders, the mayor and the police department, a series of conversations on race and policing for the City of Elgin. Rabbi Margaret was the prime organizer of Elgin Standing Together, in solidarity with Women’s Marches held across the United States. She has fought for women’s rights and has been a mentor and role model for young women.
Rabbi Margaret’s daughter Sarah notes: “She has a collaborative style of leadership and builds bridges between people. She sets a culture of being warm and welcoming, a safe non-judgmental space from the top down.”
For this, and much more Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein has been chosen for the 2018 Betty Brown Award for Racial Justice.