Hillel Honors U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg at Gala
Lautenberg receives Hillel’s Renaissance Award;
Hillel joins NCSJ in awarding inaugural Lautenberg Prize to Genesis Philanthropy Group
WASHINGTON – In tribute to U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) for his contributions in business, politics, and public service, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life presented him with the Renaissance Award, at Hillel’s Renaissance Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Hillel’s Renaissance Award is presented annually to an individual whose bold vision and initiatives enrich the Jewish community and the world. Photos of the event can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/hillelnewsandviews/.
Among his foremost accomplishments, Senator Lautenberg authored the amendment carrying his name, which allowed Jews and other religious minorities from the former Soviet Union to immigrate to the United States. To further honor Senator Lautenberg’s support for Jewish refugees, Hillel will join NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia, in awarding the inaugural Lautenberg Prize to the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
“In recognition of his lifetime of leadership and service to the Jewish community, not only has Hillel chosen to honor Senator Lautenberg with our Renaissance Award, but we are also joining with NCSJ to honor him in perpetuity with the newly created Lautenberg prize,” said Stephen Greenberg, member of the Hillel board of directors and national chairman of NCSJ. “This award will be presented annually to organizations and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the strengthening of Jewish identity within the Russian-speaking Jewish community.”
Each spring, Hillel brings together a wide array of philanthropists, dignitaries, and community members for its Renaissance Award Gala. Past honorees include Edgar Bronfman, Lynn Schusterman, Michael Steinhardt, Charles Bronfman, Leslie Wexner, Morris Offit, Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by Hillel?a great organization that instills students with a connection to Judaism and Israel,” said Senator Lautenberg. “Hillel’s steadfast belief in social justice and service is truly praiseworthy, and I am extremely grateful to receive this award.”
Senator Lautenberg’s career in business and politics includes significant contributions to the Jewish community and Israel. He established the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology at The Hebrew University in Israel, a major center for research and instruction on cancer treatments. In addition to serving as Chairman of United Jewish Appeal in the mid-1970s, the Senator served on the board of directors of the American Jewish Committee, the board of governors of Hebrew University, and the executive committee of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He also served on the President’s Commission on the Holocaust.
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. has also announced that it will award $300,000 in college scholarships to underprivileged children over the next three years, in honor of Senator Lautenberg, who served as ADP’s first full-time salesman earlier in his career. ADP has named Hillel the administrator of this program.
More information about the gala can be found at http://hillel.org/gala-news.
Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience and create vibrant Jewish lives.
For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek) and connect to their peers and the global Jewish people. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. At the heart of the Hillel network is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, supporting local Hillels to ensure that we achieve our mission “to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.”