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Detroit Native Robert H. Naftaly Honored for Four Decades of Service to ADL

New York, NY, October 12, 2010 … In recognition of his four decades of leadership and service to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Robert H. Naftaly received the Barbara B. Balser ADL Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, which recognizes those who have devoted a lifetime of leadership in advancing the mission of ADL, was presented during the League's Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

"I am personally very happy that you, who have always shunned the limelight and the recognition, are accepting this prestigious honor today," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who presented the award along with Ronald Balser. "I have long counted on Bob's good judgment and wise counsel – always discreet and always with the best interests of ADL in mind. We just would not be the same agency without Bob's seichel and savvy."

During his ADL tenure, Naftaly has served as Michigan Regional Board Chair and as longtime ADL Treasurer, a position he still holds today. He was also Chair of the Audit, Budget Nominating and Personnel Committees, and is a founding member of the ADL Foundation, which preserves the League's long-term assets.

The ADL Lifetime Achievement Award was conceived of and endowed by Ronald Davis Balser in honor of his wife, Barbara. The Balsers are two of the League's most committed and dedicated leaders. Barbara B. Balser served as ADL National Chair from 2003-2006.

The award is a specially commissioned bronze sculpture created by the internationally noted artist and 2008 U.S. National Medal of Arts recipient, Jesús Moroles. The Spirit of Leadership, a magnificent granite sculpture on which this award is modeled, graces the ADL National Headquarters reception area, a generous gift from the Balsers.

The previous recipient of the Barbara B. Balser ADL Lifetime Achievement Award was former ADL National Chair Melvin Salberg in 2009.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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