Thank you for celebrating with us!

A few highlights from Tanenbaum’s 2020 Gala!

“We have 43,000 students that have been educated and exposed to this program and over 600 faculty members in public schools. I’d love that to be every faculty member in every school, public or private.”
Philanthropic Bridge Builder Award, Marcy Syms, President and Founding Trustee, Sy Syms Foundation, on her support of Tanenbaum’s curricula, Religions In My Neighborhood.

“The work you are doing…is amazing because I really do feel it reflects America’s true values. America is a secular country that should fight for inclusion, irrespective of race, color, creed, class, or religion.”
Media Bridge Builder Award, Hasan Minhaj, Host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

“Religion is a core identity and over 80% of the world identifies as religious. Tanenbaum is important because we understand this and we address it. My hope is that it will go from strength to strength, that it will further its global impact and more people will be treated equitably, with dignity and with respect.”
Visionary Award, Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO, Tanenbaum

Dear Tanenbaum Community,

Words cannot describe how grateful we are to have shared an amazing night with you all. Our first live Virtual Gala was an exciting, new and fun way to keep our annual tradition, and we could not have done it without all of you! And thank you all for your patience with some of our tech glitches.

Many people tuned into our livestream last night as we honored Marcy Syms, Hasan Minhaj, and our very own Joyce Dubensky. While we are physically distanced, socially we came together, from across the globe, united in our belief that a world that respects religious differences is so very much needed now.

Thank you for your donations last night to the Visionary Fund in honor of Joyce Dubensky! It’s not too late to help fortify Tanenbaum’s innovative programs and projects with a gift. Text to pledge is available at (347) 970-2803.

I hope that you all enjoyed the show and had a good chuckle or two, and we thank you for continuing to stand with us as we forge ahead in our mission and work to promote justice and build respect for religious differences.

Until next time, 

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum



We’re only 1 day away!

Dear Friends,

I am so honored to present to you all Tanenbaum’s Virtual Gala Peace Made Possible, tomorrow night, May 27th at 6pm ET. Our team has worked hard to create what will be a one-of-a-kind experience, and we are excited to share it with you.

Please join me, and my co-host, Chuck Nice, as we celebrate our honorees – Joyce Dubensky, Marcy Syms, and Hasan Minhaj – with laughter and entertainment, all in the comfort of your own home. It is still not too late to join us. To learn more about the gala, purchase tickets or make a contribution, click here.

Until tomorrow,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO


Religion In Pop Culture – Honoring Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj, Media Bridge Builder Award, Host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Photo by Eric Hobbs)

Dear Friends,

Please join us on May 27th as we honor Hasan Minhaj, Tanenbaum’s 2020 Media Bridge Builder Award recipient, at our Virtual Gala, live-streamed from New York! The Media Bridge-Builder Award is presented to journalists and media personalities whose work focuses public attention on issues of human rights and respect for differences.

Comedian, actor and host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Hasan represents a generation of young performers who are reclaiming their Muslim heritage in a post-9/11 world. As a first-generation immigrant, Minhaj is outspoken about the various intersections of his identity as an American-Muslim of Indian descent who regularly shares how his faith impacts his life and incorporates his experiences into his comedy and work.

Hasan’s willingness to analyze issues concerning Muslims in comedic ways actively combats religious tropes and contributes to positive representations of Islam in the media. His popularity allows people of different backgrounds to see that they too can be successful and embraced for who they are, without having to hide parts of themselves.

Representation is necessary now more than ever, and Hasan’s brand of socially conscious comedy makes him a powerful pop culture icon. And we are privileged to present him with the Media Bridge Builder Award. To purchase tickets, ads or make a donation, click here. We look forward to sharing this exciting evening with you!

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum