Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Gala 2022

2022 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Gala

The Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Historical Society is honoring Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey with the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award at its 2022 Award Gala on Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at the 620 Loft & Garden in New York City. 

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey

2022 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Recipient

Nita Lowey was born in the Bronx, attended and graduated from the elite Bronx High School of Science, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Holyoke College. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York before being elected to Congress.

The New York Times has described Lowey as “courageous,” while Newsday described her as “terrific,” and the New York Daily News as one of “New York’s key Members of Congress.” The Journal News deemed Lowey “one of the most influential Members of Congress,” a sentiment mirrored in the Congressional Quarterly, which called her one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, able to maneuver “skillfully through the appropriations process.” The Boston globe dubbed her a leader who “speaks of the world’s victimized women and children as if they were voters in her district.”

Lowey was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988, and broke glass ceilings as she achieved milestones as a woman, a New Yorker, and Jewish Member of Congress. In 2001 and 2002 she served as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lowey was the first woman to lead either party on the House Appropriations Committee as Ranking Member from 2013 to 2018; and, in 2019, she became the first woman to chair the Committee—her portrait hangs in the Appropriations Committee room among those of former male chairs dating back to 1865.

Nita and Stephen Lowey have been married for over 60 years, have three grown children, and eight grandchildren.

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June 9th, 2022

620 Loft & Garden
620 5th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY

Garden Terrace Cocktail Reception

Award Program and Seated Dinner

Garden Terrace Dessert Reception

Featuring “Me & Mr. B.” – an Irving Berlin Revue with Anita Gillette and Paul Greenwood
Live Auction Presented by Michael Morris and the Morris Family Foundation

Sponsorship Levels

  • $60,000Platinum - Co-Host
  • $30,000Gold
  • $15,000Silver
  • $7,500Patron


  • $1,800Individual Ticket

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Board of Trustees

Sidney (Sid) Lapidus, Chairman
Felicia Herman, PhD, President
Lila Corwin Berman, PhD
Deborah Dash Moore, PhD
Scott D. Einhorn
Samuel (Skip) R. Karetsky
Charles (Charlie) Knapp
Joshua (Josh) H. Landes
Shari Levy z”l

Jonathan Lewis
Nancy T. Polevoy
Dana Raucher
Julie Salamon
Morton M. Steinberg
Justin L. Wyner
Hedy Zankel
Laurence (Larry) L. Zuckerman

Previous Award Laureates

2020 Jack Weiler & the Weiler Family
2019 Two Generations of the Russ Family of Russ & Daughters
2018 Nicki Newman Tanner
2017 125 Years of AJHS
2016Larry 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

2022 Sponsors

Platinum Host
Sid Lapidus

Stephen Lowey

Dana Lowey Luttway and David Luttway
Jacqueline Lowey and David Kuperschmid
Douglas and Ellen Lowey

Felicia Herman and David Ben-Ur

Marvin Israelow and Dorian Goldman
Nancy and Samuel Karetsky
Charles (Charlie) Knapp
Reba Joy Billips and Stephanie Moody/Scout Design
Elaine and Alan Weiler