Tikkun Olam Award
Congregation Beth Israel of Media presented the Beth Israel Tikkun Olam Award to congregant Eve Biskind Klothen at Friday night Shabbat services on April 26, 2012. She was honored for her years of leadership work with the national organization MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, City Year Greater Philadelphia, and other examples of public service.
Ms. Klothen is the Assistant Dean for the Pro bono and Public Interest Programs at Rutgers University Law School in Camden. She also teaches courses in negotiation and interviewing and counseling.
Early in her career Klothen worked as a legal services lawyer in Georgia and as a federal agency fraud litigator in Washington, DC.
As her son once wrote on a graduate school application, “Public service is the family business.” “We’re both so honored to have opportunities to serve,” she said recently, speaking of herself and her husband Ken Klothen. “MAZON gives us a chance to serve in the Jewish context. Serving with MAZON and serving others is an important part of my Judaism.”
Ms. Klothen served as the founding director of Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program a pro bono program in Philadelphia, and as director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, both of which have been honored with national and state awards. She has received numerous awards for her work.
Her other professional activities include consulting to law firms on their pro bono programs, and appointments to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the Civil Justice Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania United States District Court; and membership, with a year as chair, on the University of Pennsylvania Law School Public Service Advisory Committee.
Other selected past and present board memberships include the Regional Council of the New Israel Fund and A Better Chance–Strath Haven, among others.