The Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC in Bloomfield Hills will honor Howard Brown with its 2019 Activist Award.
The celebration will take place Monday, May 20 at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills and include a strolling dinner, award presentation, dessert reception, and conversation titled “Surviving Social Media: Interfaith Engagement in the Digital Age.” Speakers will include Yair Rosenberg, senior writer at Tablet Magazine, and Rabia Chaudry, attorney, author, and podcast host.
Brown has been a board member for the council since 2006 and is being honored for his interfaith bridge-building efforts, including working to strengthen the relationship between the region’s Jewish and Muslim communities.
Professionally, Brown has worked as a chief executive with experience in technology, fundraising, sales, and marketing of online software and digital communication solutions. He has launched two online software startups: CircleBuilder Software LLC and PlanitJewish.com, both of which serve faith and religious communities. He is also a public speaker and board trainer.
Brown has served as regional board president for AJC Detroit, as well as on the global organization’s national board of governors and as a Comay Fellow. He was also on the board of Hebrew Free Loan, JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Brown earned his bachelor’s degree at Babson College in Massachusetts and served as a trustee for the school and as president of the school’s Worldwide Alumni Association.
The Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC’s mission is to represent the metropolitan Detroit Jewish community, Israel, and Jews throughout the world to the general community, as well as to establish collaborative relationships with other ethnic, racial, civic, and religious groups.