Emma Lazarus Award Dinner 2020 - Landing Page

 
HONORING
THE WEILER-ARNOW FAMILY

SPECIAL APPEARANCES FROM
THE HON. NITA LOWEY
GARY SHTEYNGART
RABBI ANGELA BUCHDAHL

ANNOUNCEMENT OF & PERFORMANCES BY
STATUE OF LIBERTY
POETRY CONTEST WINNERS
OCTOBER 7, 7:00 PM EST
For a gift of $1,000 or more to support our archives, 
dinner guests will enjoy a shipment of bagels-and-lox 
from our 2019 honoree Russ & Daughters. 
 

Join Us For The Dinner & Virtual Gala Program

By donation or as our guest,
attend the virtual gala to learn more about this
inspiring family and the work of AJHS. 
 

Join Us For The Virtual Gala Program

 

This Sukkot, the American Jewish Historical Society honors the Weiler-Arnow archive at our virtual gala benefit. 

In 1972, Jack Weiler, real estate developer and philanthropist opened the Grace Building on 42nd Street. That fall, he opened his Sukkah in the Sky, creating a space for politicians, real estate developers, and lay leaders to come together. At a time of deep questioning and reflection in our country, we find uplift in tracing the ways this family, and other American Jews, have stood up for community in the face of division. 

Though we can’t be together in a sukkah this year, we need the stories that inspire us to value each other and do good work.  

The virtual gala program will include: 

  • Highlights from our collection that speak to important moments in American and American Jewish History – humanitarian aid to refugees, Civil Rights, and the American ideals upon which our country was founded.
  • The announcement of the 2019-2020 winners of the Emma Lazarus National Poetry Contest, who will perform their poems – which ask “If you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty and America today, what would you say?” 
  • Remembrances from family, friends, and colleagues of Jack Weiler, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nicki Tanner, Ruth Messinger, The Honorable Nita Lowey, Sally Gottesman, Jeffrey Gurock, about the sukkah in the sky – the music, the community, and the inspiration. 

PLEASE JOIN US!

Purchase tickets for the virtual dinner & benefit gala with a gift of $1,000 or more to support our archives. 

Register for the benefit gala by donation or be our guest.
 
 

Previous Award Laureates

2019 The Russ Family
2018 Nicki Newman Tanner
2016 Larry King
2015 Amb. John L. Loeb, Jr.
2014 Simon Schama
2013 Avital Sharansky
2012 Harry Ettlinger and the Monuments Men
2011 Ralph Lowenstein and Machal
2010 Seth Lipsky
2009 Kenneth J. Bialkin
2008 Sidney Lapidus
2007 George P. Shultz
2005 Honorable Edward I. Koch
2003 Mortimer B. Zuckerman
2002 Elie Wiesel
2001 Amb. Felix G. Rohatyn
2000 Sanford I. Weill
1999 Henry Kissinger
1998 Beverly Sills
1996 Aaron Feuerstein
1994 Sylvia Hassenfeld
1989 Edgar M. Bronfman
1987 Armand Hammer
1986 Abram L. Sachar