Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded the 2011 Roger E. Joseph Prize will to ATZUM-Justice Works and Rabbi Levi Lauer (right), its Founding Executive Director. Established in 2002 in Israel, ATZUM endeavors to open eyes and extend hands to those in need, to confront and remedy injustices in Israel. ATZUM’s work is founded on the belief that Israel should serve as an example for the rest of the world in addressing social problems and crises. It encourages individuals to become social activists and be part of a process providing assistance and creating change.
The ceremony took place during Ordination and Investiture Services at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at 9 am, when 12 new rabbis were ordained and 6 new cantors were invested.
ATZUM encourages individuals to become social activists and be part of a process providing assistance and creating change. ATZUM is able to make a crucial difference in the following areas:
About the Joseph Prize and Previous Recipients
The Roger E. Joseph Prize was established thirty years ago by a generous gift from Burton M. Joseph and his sister, Mrs. Betty Greenberg, in memory of their brother, a lawyer, World War II hero, and polio victim. Although almost completely paralyzed, he resumed his law practice and advanced causes of social justice, inspired by his own exceptional personal courage and passionate devotion to principle and justice.
The first Joseph Prize was awarded in 1978, to Victor Kugler, who risked his and his loved ones’ lives to shelter Anne Frank and her family. Over the past thirty years, the Joseph Prize recipients have included:
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