Friday, November 5, 2010

ADL honors Cantor Serkin-Poole with Cal Anderson Award

Cantor David Serkin-Poole (left) was presented with the 2010 Cal Anderson Civil Rights Advocacy Award on Friday, November 5th, from the Pacific Northwest office of the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization fighting racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism.

He was praised for both his activism for the LGBT community and the the honorable way in which he lives his life with his husband, Michael, and their three adopted children. In addition to serving as cantor at Temple B'nai Torah, Serkin-Poole co-founded Sha'arei Tikvah, a Jewish Family Service project that provides a variety of Jewish holiday programing to people with developmental disabilities.

He told the attendees that he was honored to get the award, which is named in honor of the first openly Gay member of the Washington State Legislature and a personal friend. "I accept this award because Call Anderson was my friend," he said. "During the last dinner we had together, he criticized himself for not doing enough [but he was wrong]"

State Sen. Ed Murray and former Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge introduced Serkin-Poole. Notable members of the LGBT community were also in attendance, including State Rep. Jamie Pedersen, Equal Rights Washington's Josh Friedes, Pride Foundation's Audrey Haberman and GSBA's Louise Chernin.