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Edgar M. Bronfman to receive the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in recognition of his betterment of humanity

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Who: Edgar M. Bronfman, President of the World Jewish Congress.

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 Professors Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus and Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky; Bernard Marks (captain of the ship Exodus); Holocaust historians Serge Klarsfeld and Raul Hilberg; Ambassadors Uri Lubrani of Israel (the architect of the airlift rescue of Ethiopian Jewry), Dennis B. Ross, Richard C. Holbrooke, and Stuart E. Eizenstat; Camelia Anwar Sadat; Count Folke Bernadotte, posthumously; The Jewish Museum in Prague; and Thomas L. Friedman.

Why: For his abiding concern for the safety and wellbeing of the Jewish people and Jewish communities worldwide. Edgar M. Bronfman demonstrates his commitment to human rights as President of the World Jewish Congress and helps ensure Jewish continuity through his philanthropic generosity to Jewish education. His landmark efforts in establishing justice and restitution to Holocaust survivors is testimony to his dedicated leadership; it is the fulfillment of the Biblical admonition, “Justice, justice, shall you pursue.”

When: The 2003 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be presented at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The ceremonies will take place at Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 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 men and women for service to 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.