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A special message from Chuck Nice

Dear Friends,

We are only two weeks away from the virtual event of the season! Join us with host, Chuck Nice, on May 27th at 6pm EST for Tanenbaum’s 2020 Peace Made Possible Gala: Virtually!

There will be laughter, entertainment and a celebration of our beloved community – all from the comfort of your home!

To purchase tickets, ads or make a donation, click here. We look forward to sharing this exciting event with you!

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


 

Meet us in your living room on the 27th

Dear Friends,

We are a mere 3 weeks away from our most dynamic event to date! Nothing can keep us from coming together as a community to celebrate the work Tanenbaum is doing to create a world where differences are respected.

Please join us for our first-ever Peace Made Possible Gala: Virtually! on May 27th at 6PM. We want you there!

This year, we celebrate and honor our very own Joyce S. Dubensky as our 2020 Visionary honoree and Marcy Syms as our Philanthropic Bridge Builder honoree. We’ll have an evening of live entertainment, inspiration and a little bit of laughter. You’ll be able to attend with your phone, laptop or Smart TV. And as part of a special offer, our Young Professional tickets are just $150!

Click here to purchase tickets or ads, and we look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Be well,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Live from New York…Tanenbaum’s Virtual Gala!

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

Challenging circumstances require creative solutions, which is why this year, we have created an exciting alternative to our traditional Gala – introducing Tanenbaum’s first-ever Virtual Gala!

Please plan to join us online via an exclusive broadcast on May 27th at 6:00 PM!

Our virtual gala will gather us all together to celebrate our honorees, enjoy quality entertainment and a few laughs. Most importantly, we’ll come together as a community to celebrate all that we have accomplished, and to prepare for the work that lies ahead.

Our annual gala is a critical piece of our sustainability because it provides the financial support needed to pursue this work. While we may be physically distant from one another, we remain connected by Tanenbaum’s vision of a world where differences are respected.

For more information on our virtual gala, or to purchase tickets, or ad space, click here.

We look forward to sharing community together on May 27th!

Warm regards,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO


 

Join the Celebration! Tanenbaum Gala 2020!

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2020 gala, at the magnificent Edison Ballroom, on May 27, 2020. It is sure to be a splendid affair, and even more so if you are there! See you in 2020!

Thank You! 25 Years of Making Peace Possible

Dear Friends,

On May 23rd, we celebrated an important moment in Tanenbaum’s history, our 25th Anniversary Gala: Peace Made Possible. In an evening highlighted by moments of profound reflection and celebration, we fortified our commitment to justice – and to never, ever forget.

The evening began with a moment of silence to remember victims of another random act of terror, in Manchester. Then founder and president Dr. Georgette F. Bennett was recognized as an Inspiration Circle honoree and she introduced 11 other friends and supporters who’ve helped Tanenbaum grow from a one-woman initiative to a vibrant, internationally-in-demand organization. The applause couldn’t even be held back as His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America was honored, along with Angelica Berrie, Ted Childs, Ilan Kauftal, Howard Milstein, Amelia and Adebayo Ogunlesi, Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky CBE, Dr. Ariella Riva Ritvo-Slifka, Judy Thompson, Scottie Twine and Maz Zouhairi.

Our Corporate Bridge Builder Award went to the Libra Group and was accepted by its Chairman and CEO, George Logothetis. Libra Group is a diverse international business with a commitment to giving back embedded in its culture. It’s latest philanthropic venture is the HOME Project which is dedicated to providing shelter and support for refugees, especially unaccompanied children in Greece. Everyone listened intently as Logothetis spoke about the HOME Project’s impact so far and how crucial it is to ensure people’s beliefs and sources of hope are respected and “oxygenated with dignity.”

Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon received the 2017 Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding. By video, he described the rise of terrorism as one of the world’s greatest threats, and spoke to the urgent need for humanity to remain committed to peace. Our 2017 Adam Solomon Award for Excellence was awarded to Lycée Français de New York, a bilingual school that teaches respect, because today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders.

Later in the evening, Michael Bornstein, author of Survivors Club, powerfully introduced 2017 Media Bridge Builder Awardee Soledad O’Brien. He quietly shared recollections as a Holocaust survivor and later how he was “ruthlessly bullied” as a student in post-WWII Germany for being Jewish. As Soledad O’Brien concluded in her speech, Peace is made possible when we don’t stop working at it. We celebrate tonight, and tomorrow we’ll get back to work.”

And now, we’ll do just that.

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO, Tanenbaum

P.S. Our gala raffle winner for 2017 is Sam Matino of Concordia, Inc.! Thanks again to all who participated, see you next year!


DINNER CHAIRS

  • Nadine AugustaGlobal Head of Diversity and Inclusion & Corporate Social Responsibility, DTCC
  • C. Justin Foa, President and CEO, Foa & Son Corporation International Insurance Brokers, Tanenbaum Board Chair

HONORING

Ban Ki-moonFormer Secretary-General, United Nations
2017 RABBI MARC H. TANENBAUM AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF INTERRELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING

Libra Group, Accepted by George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO
2017 CORPORATE BRIDGE BUILDER AWARD

Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, Host of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien
2017 MEDIA BRIDGE BUILDER AWARD

Lycée Français de New York
2017 ADAM SOLOMON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Inspiration Circle
Longtime Friends & Supporters

  • Dr. Georgette F. Bennett
  • Angelica Berrie
  • Ted Childs
  • His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America
  • Ilan Kauftal
  • Howard Milstein
  • Amelia and Adebayo Ogunlesi
  • Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky CBE
  • Dr. Ariella Riva Ritvo-Slifka
  • Judy Thompson
  • Scottie Twine
  • Maz Zouhairi

Gwen Ifill – A Lost Voice for Truth and Civility

Gwen Ifill (Morry Gash/AP)

Gwen Ifill (Morry Gash/AP)

When I heard the news that Gwen Ifill had died, like so many others, I gasped. She was an icon, and more importantly, she was a trusted voice who helped untangle complex issues and events, from domestic politics to foreign affairs. Whenever I looked to find out what was really happening in the world, she was there.

In 2010, Tanenbaum honored Gwen for her commitment to truth, integrity and respect—and for her role as a Media Bridge Builder in a world too often divided. That was a special moment for us.

So when I heard of her loss, I was not only shocked. I was shaken. In losing Gwen, we added one more nail in the coffin of truth and integrity in public life.

During the last several decades, and certainly in the recent election cycle, we have witnessed the erosion of truth, together with a spiraling inability to assess and debate real facts. We can blame technology. We can blame tribalism. We can blame Twitter.

But the reality is that, for many reasons, getting to truth and complexity is now hard. So, as I remember Gwen Ifill, I say thank you. She reminded us that facts matter. Why truth is valuable. How we can hold vastly different opinions and still debate them. And why we must have the same—real—facts when we do so.

The loss of Gwen Ifill makes it much more difficult to stay the course of civility, truth and discourse. More difficult, and that much more important.

To honor her legacy, we all need to assume responsibility. To honor accuracy, truth and the dignity of all people. At Tanenbaum, we are committed to remembering Gwen Ifill and in trying to honor her by the way we do our work every day.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Joyce S. Dubensky
Tanenbaum CEO

Gwen Ifill, 2010 Tanenbaum Media Bridge Builder awardee.