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AJHS AND EMMA LAZARUS


The American Jewish Historical Society provides access to more than 25 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present. Founded in 1892, AJHS is the oldest ethnic historical organization in the nation. It is one of five partner organizations at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan and has a branch at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston.


Among its treasures is the original manuscript notebook of Emma Lazarus’ poetry including her handwritten draft of “The New Colossus” which she penned for an 1883 auction to help fund the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. Lazarus (1849 – 1887) was a strong supporter of Jewish immigrants’ rights. The Emma Lazarus collection at AJHS includes correspondence, articles, the notebook of her poetry, and published copies of her poems. “The New Colossus” was read at the Statue of Liberty’s dedication on October 28, 1886, and engraved on the pedestal in 1903.


Every year the American Jewish Historical Society presents its most prestigious honor, the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award, to an individual or group whose contribution reflects the highest values of the American Jewish community.



Emma lazarus statue of liberty laureates

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


 

THE EVENT back to top


The Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Historical Society cordially invite you to the 2013 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award ceremony honoring AVITAL SHARANSKY. Following the 1977 arrest of her husband Natan and his sentence to hard labor in a Siberian prison camp, Avital Sharansky (b. Natalia Shteiglitz in 1950) devoted herself tirelessly to the cause of freeing him and all Refuseniks. For a total of 13 years, she left no stone unturned: meeting world leaders, including successive U.S. Presidents as well as Jewish groups worldwide. As Secretary of State George Shultz later recalled, “Avital’s pleas dramatized the human side of the tension in U.S.-Soviet relations.” When Natan was finally released on 11th February 1986, he joined his wife in Israel and has since become a major force in national and international politics. Eschewing public honors, Avital today lectures in Jewish Studies for Russian-speaking immigrants, as well as talking about her past to young students. She and Natan live in Jerusalem and have two daughters.



The Center for Jewish History

Tuesday, May 28, 201315 West 16 Street, New York City

Program:  6:00PM Festive Reception:   7:15PM

Business Attire
Dietary Laws Observed




PLANNING COMMITTEE

Hon. Robert Abrams
Gal Beckerman
Kenneth J. Bialkin
Betty Ehrenberg
Daniel Eisenstadt
Amb. Stuart E. Eizenstat
Nadine D. Epstein
Abraham H. Foxman
Zvi Gitelman
Jerry Goodman
Michael Granoff
David Harris
Roger Hertog
Malcolm Hoenlein
Jonathan Karp


 

Jay Lefkowitz
Mark Levin
Norman Liss
Michael S. Miller
Glenn Richter
John S. Ruskay
Zeesy Schnur
Connie Smukler
Jerome Stern
Richard Stone
Paul B. Warhit
Dave Weinberg
Ronald G. Weiner
Hedy Zankel
Laurence Zuckerman





TRIBUTE COMMITTEE     In formation


 



 

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Count me in to support the American Jewish Historical Society.


Please reserve the following:

$100,000 - Founder

  • 10 guest tickets to award ceremony
  • Invitation to private pre-event meeting with dignitaries
  • Priority seating at award ceremony
  • Full-page recognition in journal
  • Recognition in Soviet Jewry Archive registry
  • Private viewing of AJHS archival documents and tour of the Center for Jewish History

$25,000 - Benefactor

  • 6 guest tickets to award ceremony
  • Invitation to private pre-event meeting with dignitaries
  • Priority seating at award ceremony
  • Recognition in journal
  • Recognition in Soviet Jewry Archive registry

$1,500 - Sponsor

  • 2 guest tickets to award ceremony
  • Recognition in journal

For information on sponsorships and tickets:
Deborah Grossman - 212-294-6166, dgrossman@ajhs.org

$50,000 - Sustainer

  • 8 guest tickets to award ceremony
  • Invitation to private pre-event meeting with dignitaries
  • Priority seating at award ceremony
  • Half-page recognition in journal
  • Recognition in Soviet Jewry Archive registry
  • Private viewing of AJHS archival documents and tour of the Center for Jewish History

$10,000 - Patron

  • 4 guest tickets to award ceremony
  • Invitation to private pre-event meeting with dignitaries
  • Recognition in journal


$500 - Individual Ticket



 

WHO WE ARE back to top


Officers and Board of Trustees

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Kenneth J. Bialkin
CO-CHAIRMEN
Daniel R. Kaplan
Sidney Lapidus
PRESIDENT
Paul B. Warhit

VICE PRESIDENTS
George M. Garfunkel
Steven D. Oppenheim
Joshua H. Landes


SECRETARY
Louise P. Rosenfeld
ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Nancy T. Polevoy
TREASURER
Samuel R. Karetsky
ASSISTANT TREASURER
Andrew E. Lewin




BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Stanley I. Batkin
Kenneth J. Bialkin
Ronald C. Curhan
Deborah Dash Moore
Ruth B. Fein
George M. Garfunkel
Michael G. Jesselson
Arnold H. Kaplan
Daniel R. Kaplan
Samuel R. Karetsky
Harvey M. Krueger
Joshua H. Landes
Sidney Lapidus
Andrew E. Lewin
Norman Liss
Bernard J. Michael
Jeffrey S. Oppenheim
Steven D. Oppenheim
Nancy T. Polevoy
Arnold J. Rabinor Z”L*
Louise P. Rosenfeld
Bruce Slovin
Jacob Stein Z”L*
Joseph S. Steinberg
Morton M. Steinberg



Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
Ronald S. Tauber
Paul B. Warhit
Beth Wenger
Justin L. Wyner
Toni Young
Hedy Zankel
Laurence Zuckerman

HONORARY LIFE TRUSTEES
Sheldon S. Cohen
Alan M. Edelstein
William M. Ginsburg Z”L*
Robert D. Gries
Philip Lax Z”L*
Edgar J. Nathan, III*
Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer
Sue R. Warburg
Efrem Weinreb Z”L*
* of blessed memory



 

CONTACT back to top


American Jewish Historical Society

15 West 16th Street
New York, New York 10011

Deborah Grossman
212-294-6166
dgrossman@ajhs.org



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