2001 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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2001 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001

The Jewish Museum in Prague
to receive the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize
from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
in recognition of its contributions to betterment of humanity

Who: The Jewish Museum in Prague

What: The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization whose work, writings, or research reflects the values and commitment to the betterment of humanity. Initiated in 1990, previous recipients of the $10,000 award include Holocaust historians Serge Klarsfeld and Raul Hilberg, Ambassador Uri Lubrani of Israel (the architect of the airlift rescue of Ethiopian Jewry), Ambassador Dennis Ross, U.N. Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat.

Why: For educating Jewish and non-Jewish youth about the Holocaust and the importance of tolerance now and in future generations; for preserving unique historical material documenting centuries of Jewish life in Bohemia and Moravia and documenting the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust; for housing one of the most extensive collections of Jewish art, silver, and textiles; and for promoting memory, scholarship, and education.

When: Dr. Leo Pavlat, Director, Jewish Museum in Prague, will accept the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize on the Museum's behalf atHUC-JIR's Graduation on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: The ceremony will take place at Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road, Cincinnati.




Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu