Robert Jacobvitz is a graduate of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work and holds an MSW in Community Social Work. For ten years he directed the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater East Bay, and it was in this capacity in the 1980's that he began championing the cause of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. In 2005 he received the Aristides de Sousa Mendes Humanitarian Medal from the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. His paper "Reinstating the Name and Honor of a Portuguese Diplomat Who Rescued Jews during World War II" was published in the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of The Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at his alma mater.