Thomas L. Friedman
to receive the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize
from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
in recognition of his betterment of humanity
Who: Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning
foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times.
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; and The
Jewish Museum in Prague.
Why: For his accurate coverage of the cataclysmic
events in the Middle East through his three-time (1983, 1988, and
2002) Pulitzer Prize-winning international reporting and commentary
as a correspondent for the New York Times and his National
Book Award-winning book, From Beirut to Jerusalem. He serves
as a model for commitment to Jewish continuity and has dedicated
himself to the pursuit of justice.
When: Wednesday, May 29, 2002, as part of the commencement
activities of the College-Institute.