King David Award and Jewish Heritage Month at the U.S. Capitol
I have never been more proud to be part of the Aish family as I was on this past May 3rd. Aish International and the Jewish Heritage Commission held the annual King David Award ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. This event is part of Jewish Heritage month which was proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2008 and reaffirmed by Presidents Barack Obama in 2014 and Donald J. Trump in April of this year.
Since 1994, this prestigious event has recognized men and women who have made dramatic contributions to American society and Jewish heritage. Past honorees have included such luminaries as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Dr, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Guliani, Kirk Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Alan Dershowitz, and many other industry leaders and philanthropists.
I had the privilege of delivering the prayer which was given to open the House of Representatives on May 3rd.
GOD, we thank you for giving wisdom to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for proclaiming May as Jewish Heritage Month. The Jewish people of this country are grateful and indebted to you, GOD, for the opportunity to contribute in making the United States a great nation.
Aish founder, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, would say to young people, “when older people see your idealism they might say, “you’ll grow up,” but what they really mean is, “you’ll give up!” Rabbi Weinberg would say, “never give up – get tougher, instead.”
Let us pray for the members of Congress and this great nation: GOD, please grant us clarity and courage to always do right and never give up on our principles. GOD Bless the Unites States of America.
Here’s a recap of the King David Award ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol on May 3rd,2017:
This year’s King David Award was presented to the following distinguished honorees:
Kenneth Goldman – Yahoo CFO, Sunnyvale, CA
Peter Friedmann – Managing Director FGC Holdings/ IGF Investments, Toronto, ON, Canada
Dan Amos – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aflac, Columbus, GA
Daniel Rose – Chairman, Rose Associates, Inc., New York, NY
Courtney Anixter – Founder, Consult Courtney, Chicago, IL – (first ever young-professional King David Award Winner)
We were honored to have the following Senators and Representatives speak at the ceremony:
US Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
US Representative Grace Meng (D-NY)
US Representative David Kustoff (R-TN)
US Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
US Representative Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD)
US Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY)
US Representative Don Bacon (R-NE)
US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
US Representative Ed Royce (R-CA)
US Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA)
US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
US Representative Tom Suozzi (D-NY)
Wishing you all the very best,
Rabbi Boruch Richard Rabinowitz.
Executive Director, Aish International
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