The World Values Network's Executive Director, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, announced today that the world-famous organization will celebrate the 10th Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, at Carnegie Hall on January 20, 2022 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
(Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for This World Jewish Values Network)

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Global Philanthropist Dr. Miriam Adelson will accept the Light of the Jewish People Award on behalf of her late husband, Sheldon Adelson, whose yahrzeit falls shortly before the gala. A highlight of the evening will be a virtual appearance from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. The Gala will feature several speakers and nominees, including co-founder of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Marion Wiesel and son Elisha Wiesel, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, renowned physician and TV Host, Dr. Mehmet Öz, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Hon. Adrian Kubicki, CEO of the Israel-based humanitarian organization IsraAid, Yotam Polizer, Fmr. Chief Strategist to Vice President Mike Pence, Tom Rose, Vice Chair of Research for Columbia University's Department of Medicine, Ira Tabas, Fmr. Chief Spokesperson for the Department of Defense and Hyundai's CCO, Dana White and Kramer Levin Partner, Tzvi Rokeach.

Esteemed honorees and speakers will address, before a global audience, the significance of the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference and its genocidal designs for European Jewry, in particular, the consensus that the only solution to the 'Jewish question' was that of ethnic-cleansing and murder at a scale unprecedented in world history. Additionally, the evening will bring together experts in the fields of policy and humanitarianism, who will address many of the barriers to genocide prevention in our current international system, as well as touching upon the many lessons from our collective failure during WW2 that may contribute towards best practices to genocide prevention moving forward.

For the 10th year, the World Values Network will bring together world leaders who have taken bold, values-driven action to tackle humanity's most pressing issues and positively affect society. This year's focus will be on how Jews are experiencing levels of global anti-Semitism not seen since World War II. Each honoree has made and continues to make significant contributions toward repairing the world.

This year's gala falls shortly after the release of Rabbi Boteach's 35th book, Kosher Hate. The surge in Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, Rabbi Boteach believes, can be combated once society stops embracing leaders who openly espouse these values, one of the central methods of "kosher hate." To quote Rabbi Boteach "Kosher hate is detesting evil and deciding to fight it and neutralize it. Un-Kosher hate is where we hate without reason, because of the color of someone's skin, or because their religion is different, or their nationality is different- and those are the ideologies that Kosher hate is designed to stop."

"The Jewish Values International Awards Gala is a time where we can recognize the best practices pioneered by leaders from around the world to combat hate, and appreciate how they can make a difference at a global scale." Boteach said. "We must also highlight the key role these leaders have played in championing social cohesion and peace building efforts. The World Values Network affirms that we are all entitled to justice, inclusion at all levels of society, and access to equal opportunities. The Jewish community is of critical importance in establishing a true values-based global society."    

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