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
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
Where: The ceremonies will take place at Isaac
M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati.