Richard K. Smucker & The J.M. Smucker Company Receive Maltz Heritage Award for being a Force of Positive Change

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce the 7th Annual Maltz Heritage Award recognizing Richard K. Smucker and the J.M. Smucker Company. Traditionally the honoree accepts the award at a major spring event at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With current stay-at-home orders in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Museum had to rethink how it would recognize the honoree in 2020. Today, the Museum launched so that the public can learn about Richard’s accomplishments and what makes him and The J.M. Smucker Company worthy of this prestigious award.

The Maltz Heritage Award annually recognizes individuals who have left an indelible mark on the community as a force of positive change. This year the Museum is honored to recognize Richard K. Smucker and The J.M. Smucker Company for their commitment to philanthropy and community engagement and for helping transform Northeast Ohio.

“Richard is a purpose-driven leader whose family’s reputation for integrity and decency has been the key to Smucker’s staying power,” said Museum co-founder, Milton Maltz in a video message paying tribute to the honoree.

Past award recipients include: Beth E. Mooney (2019), Christopher Connor (2018), Audrey and Albert Ratner (2017), Barbara Snyder (2016), Milt and Tamar Maltz (2015), Sandy Cutler (2014), and Toby Cosgrove (2013)

To view the tribute video featuring messages from past honorees as well as other community leaders and hear Richard’s inspirational remarks, please visit