Posted Friday, May 23 1:42 PM
Pictured from left: Sen. John McCain, Hassan Ali bin Ali, businessman, philanthropist and international chairman of the Shimon Peres Gold Medal Commemoration Committee; Rabbi David Baron and Rep. Joe Kennedy.
Leading Senators including Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John McCain (R-AZ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bill Nelson ( D-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS),and Representatives Joe Kennedy (D-MA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Ed Royce, Chairman of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee (R-CA), and Elliot Engel (D-NY) gathered this month to celebrate the Jewish American Heritage Month in the LBJ Room of the US Capitol.
The annual event, the Jewish American Heritage Month, organized by The Friedlander group, and approved by Congress, highlighted the work of five honoree chosen for their contributions and achievements.
Rabbi David Baron, leader of the U.S.s largest arts and entertainment-industry synagogue, Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, was honored as an innovator in Jewish life, promoting religion through the arts. He also serves as chair of the Clergy Cabinet of the Shimon Peres Congressional Gold Medal Committee and was recognized for his efforts leading to the Senates passage of the award legislation.
The program also served as the Shimon Peres Congressional Gold Medal tribute luncheon celebrating the Senates passage 100-0 of legislation that recognizes Israeli President Shimon Peress lifelong commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Congress endorsement of a mutually beneficial U.S.-Israel relationship.
Also honored was: Temple of the Arts supporter Joseph H. Kanter, a businessman and philanthropist who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Senator Bill Nelson highlighted his relationship with and the work of honoree Kanter and the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation.
Other honorees included: Lesley Weiss, chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of Americas Heritage Abroad, appointed by President Obama; and Sanford A. Rubenstein of the law firm of Rubenstein & Rynecki, who has defended victims of personal injury and civil rights abuse for more than 40 years.
In tribute to MedReviews 40 years of service as an independent review organization, Joseph B. Stamm, CEO, was also honored.