The Anolic Family Awards originated as The Bertha Anolic Memorial Award (now known as the ‘Bertha Anolic Visual Arts Israel Travel Award’). Established shortly after her death, in 1973, by her husband, children, brother, and sisters, it was first awarded in 1980. For over thirty-five years this Israel Travel Award has been presented annually to a student studying in a university visual arts program.
The Naomi Anolic Early Career Jewish Visual Arts Award was created in the early 1970s to honor this young scholar and artist whose life was tragically cut short in 1969. The award was later added to the Anolic Family Award portfolio. In 2015 the award supported scholarship in Jewish Art History and Visual Culture. The award now focuses on supporting young Jewish visual artists, in the area of painting and drawing, who are early in their artistic careers.
In 2014, The Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award was established to perpetuate the memory, dedication and passion of the husband of Bertha and father of Naomi, the man who established the Bertha Anolic Memorial Award. The Anolic Family Award is now comprised of these three awards and is currently administered by the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia under Director Rita Rosen Poley and Associate Director Melissa Rubin.