Award Winner

Shauna Stein, right, received the Sonia Minuskin Award for Graduate Scholarship from Minuskin’s son Harold Minuskin, center, and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, left, on April 27.    

Photo courtesy of Shauna Stein

During a spring 2015 course about moral leadership taught by attorney Howard Cabot at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, law student Shauna Stein wrote her final paper about Tuvia Bielski, a Jewish partisan who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Stein sent a copy of the paper to Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, her former teacher and director of Jewish Studies at ASU and she passed it on to Harold Minuskin, who had established an endowment fund in honor of his mother, Sonia Munuskin, who was also a Jewish partisan.

Minuskin was so moved by Stein’s paper about moral leadership in the time of the Holocaust, he contacted to let her know how much he liked it. Then he offered Stein the Sonia Minuskin Award for Graduate Scholarship on the Holocaust, which she received during an April 27 ceremony at ASU’s Tempe campus.

Stein is co-president of the Jewish Law Students Association at ASU, a fellow of the Valley Beit Midrash Leadership Corps and a graduate of the former Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School.

Stein said that she has kept in contact with Minuskin and hopes to write a similar paper on his mother’s moral leadership.

“I feel that it is my responsibility to continue researching and producing scholarly material on the Holocaust and to represent the Jewish people,” she says. 

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