Sulam Advocacy Leadership Award
RespectAbility and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Sulam Founders Award
Amy Blum

Megan Bomgaars
From A&E’s Emmy winning TV show Born This Way

Sunday, June 3 | 6 pm
Cocktails and Silent Auction followed by dinner

The Hotel at The University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Ave | College Park, MD 20740


Join us at our 2018 Sulam Gala as we proudly present RespectAbility with the Sulam Advocacy Leadership Award accepted by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Co-Founder & President. In addition, we are honored to present Amy Blum with the Sulam Founders Award.

Sulam provides a high-quality education to children in Greater Washington irrespective of their learning differences and joins RespectAbility as a partner in fighting stigmas and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities.


Our Honorees

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Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is the President of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. She regularly works with disability organizations, national, state and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media, employers, philanthropists, celebrities and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Very active in Jewish life, The Jewish Forward has named Mizrahi one of the top 50 most influential Jews in North America three times. 

Mizrahi has published dozens of op-eds and publications on disability issues, including in USA Today, The Hill and other publications. She has columns in The Huffington Post, Times of Israel and The Mighty. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities. 

Mizrahi is active in Chabad of Potomac Village and serves on the boards of JCHAI and Limmud International. 

The co-founder/director of The Mizrahi Family Charitable foundation, Mizrahi is active in the philanthropic community. She is married to Victor Mizrahi, PhD and they have two spectacular and beloved children. 


Amy Blum is a third generation Washingtonian and alumnus of Berman Hebrew Academy. In 1996 Jacob, her second child, was born with Down syndrome. Committed to providing Jacob with an inclusive Jewish education she, along with other local parents and special educators, rallied together and created Sulam - Jacob’s very own ‘ladder’, that provided him and so many other students with the educational, social, and emotional support system that would ensure their right to flourish within their community. 

A dynamic, compassionate and determined advocate for the rights of all students of all abilities, Amy’s name has been synonymous with Sulam since its inception. She served as Sulam’s President and Executive Director from its founding in 1998, retiring from that position in 2009. Today, Amy continues to be a strong advocate for Sulam, the inclusion of all students, and ensuring communities that embrace and welcome those with disabilities. 

Amy lives in Silver Spring with three of her four children, Jacob, Noah and Jessica. Jacob and Noah are alumni of Sulam, 2015, and Jessica will graduate from Sulam this June. Her oldest daughter, Adina, and son-in-law, Binyomin, live in New York with her two grandchildren, Yishai and Shaina.