Elyse and Lewis Kalmans and their Family Receive the Faith and Humanity Award
Elyse and Lewis Kalmans along with their three daughters, Aerin, a high school senior, Kendall, a high school junior and Tali, a seventh grader, exemplify NCJW’s values of advocating and caring for children and families who are living at risk in our community. But, not only does this family have a passion for community service and advocacy, they invest their personal time and resources to rise to leadership positions.
Elyse is on the board of the ADL, Holocaust Museum Houston, treasurer for the Jewish Federation of Houston and chair of the Legacy Campaign for Congregation Emanu El. Lewis is treasurer for the Houston Jewish Community Foundation and President of the Brotherhood at Emanu El. Aerin and Kendall are both members of the regional board of the BBY Lonestar Region and serve as president and vice president, respectively, for the American Field Service club at Kinkaid, one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the US.
Central to Elyse and Lewis is modeling tzdakah and tikun o’lam and working side by side with their children. For example, this summer, Tali and Elyse volunteered at Easter Seals Camp Buckaroo, Tali was paired with a child with autism and Elyse was paired with a non-verbal child. By spending days with these children who needed continuous one-on-one attention, the Kalmans family helped these kids have fun and grow in ways that are only possible through a camp experience.
As Elyse and Lewis and their daughters look forward to accepting the NCJW award, they appreciate that it was their parents and grandparents who instilled the values of giving back and making this world a better place every day.
“Giving back as leaders in social action is part of our family’s DNA,” explains Elyse. “Our family stands proudly among other families in our community who share these same values, turning social responsibility into action, and look forward to celebrating these essential values at the upcoming NCJW gala.”
Faith and Humanity Award
The Faith and Humanity Award is presented to a person whose dedication and commitment have contributed significantly to the improvement of the human condition.