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"Strengthening pride in Jewish American heritage and supporting projects that increase
Jewish American identity"

About the King David Award

Since 1994, the King David Award has recognized men and women who have made dramatic contributions to American society and Jewish heritage.

The King David Award has been presented to great philanthropists and leaders of exceptional impact. From varied industries, geographies, and personal backgrounds, King David Award laureates share a common bond of dedication to American values and to the Jewish people.

The Jewish Heritage Commission of the United States identifies those who embody this very legacy. In 2017, the King David Award will be presented to Jewish Americans who contribute to the greatness of their country and take pride in their Jewish heritage.


King David Award Presentation

In the heart of the United States Capitol, Senators and Members of Congress will gather to honor the 2017 King David Award honorees. During this Congressional celebration of Jewish American heritage, Senators and Congressmen will highlight the achievements of a select group of outstanding Jewish leaders and philanthropists.

Members of Congress, the Jewish Heritage Celebration Committee, and the Jewish Heritage Commission of the United States will present the King David Award to Jewish leaders and philanthropists who embody the very success of the American Jewish experience: a dedication to philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and commitment to Jewish heritage and American values.


Past Recipients

Since 1994, the King David Award has recognized men and women who have made dramatic contributions to American society and Jewish heritage. From various walks of life and corners of the world, each recipient has made a profound impact on world Jewry, American society, and Western heritage.

— DIPLOMACY —

RONALD REAGAN

40th President of the United States

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV

Former President of the Soviet Union

DR. HENRY KISSINGER

Former US Secretary of State & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

LADY MARGARET THATCHER

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain

— NATIONAL SECURITY —

 

AMB. L. PAUL BREMER, III

Former Presidential Envoy to Iraq

RUDOLPH GUILIANI

Former Mayor of New York City

— ARTS & CULTURE —

KIRK DOUGLAS

Actor, Producer, Director & Author

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Director, Producer & Screenwriter

— INDUSTRY & PHILANTHROPY —

 

 

 

HOWARD SCHULTZ

Chairman & CEO, Starbucks Corporation

Scott Wolstein

CEO of Starwood Retail Partners 

Kenneth Goldman

Yahoo CFO

Daniel Rose

Rose Associates, Inc., Chairman

BARRY STERNLICHT

Chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group

Marc Goldman

Advisory Board of Member: Aish HaTorah

Peter Friedmann

Managing Director FGC Holdings/ IGF Investments

TED TURNER

Chairman & CEO, Turner Broadcasting Systems

Dr. Corey Goodman

Managing Partner: venBio Partners

Courtney Anixter

Consultcourtney, Founder

Mr. Dan Amos

Aflac Incorporated, Chairman and CEO

— FRIENDS OF ZION —

 

 

 

ALAN DERSHOWITZ

Professor Emeritus, Harvard Law School

TERESA HEINZ

Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies

MORTIMER B. ZUCKERMAN

Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report

— SCIENCE & PUBLIC HEALTH —

 

 

 

 

DR. ANDREW VON ESCHENBACH

Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration

DR. MARK MCCLELLAN

Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

What people are saying about the
King David Award

"I just wanted to thank you again for selecting me to be one of this year's King David Award recipients. It was an experience my family and I will never forget. And what phenomenal company to be in, I might add. Titans of industry and philanthropy, I was honored to have a seat at the table.
Your effort and execution shined. The energy in the room was palpable. I couldn't even explain the afternoon to my friends. It was definitely something to see and be a part of.
The entire luncheon was orchestrated wonderfully. From hearing Paul Ryan's remarks, the opening prayer, to the notable Senators and Congressman traipsing in and out on their way to vote. It was incredible to witness our government through this lens. I felt grateful to spend time in the Capitol building. My appreciation for D.C. has heightened immensely since my 8th grade class trip.
Representing the Jewish community will always be a focal point of my life. The Jewish values, traditions, and culture are the cornerstone for how I live. I hope we continue to do great work and make a difference."

- Courtney Anixter, 2017 King David Award Honoree

Who we are

The Jewish Heritage Commission of the United States promotes critical projects that support Jewish heritage and identity throughout the United States and around the world. The Commission has three areas of focus: Jewish Education, promoting Jewish Life on Campus and strengthening the US-Israel relationship.

Presidential Proclamation

Every May, the United States Congress continues its decades-long tradition of officially recognizing Jewish American heritage.
In recent years, an event recognizing several outstanding Jewish Americans has been held on Capitol Hill.