The Doctor is in

Tanenbaum is elated to share our Adam Solomon Award honoree for this year’s Gala, Dr. Robert Like. Dr. Like is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His expertise and knowledge of medicine, population health, community health, and working to alleviate health disparities has had an unparalleled impact on Tanenbaum’s Health Care programming. Dr. Like has been a contributing member of Tanenbaum’s Health Care Program Advisory Council for many years. He is a man of many talents and recently, Dr. Like developed innovative medical education programs relating to the delivery of culturally responsive care for diverse populations.

Looking for a way to get involved like Dr. Like? Join us June 3rd for a memorable night!

Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards.

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

P.S. Joining the Peace Made Possible Gala Committee is another way to contribute. Click here for more information!


2021 Tanenbaum Virtual Gala: Peace Made Possible

  • 2021 Virtual Gala: Peace Made Possible
    June 3, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Current circumstances demand a creative answer for Tanenbaum’s 2021 Gala: Peace Made Possible. Tanenbaum invites you to join us safely in your own home to celebrate our honorees, enjoy music and comedy, and come together as a community to support our critical work promoting justice and building respect for people of all faiths and (more…)

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!


  • 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


Ban Ki-moonFormer Secretary-General, United Nations

Libra Group, Accepted by George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO

Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, Host of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien

Lycée Français de New York

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.


2021 Tanenbaum Virtual Gala: Peace Made Possible


Current circumstances demand a creative answer for Tanenbaum’s 2021 Gala: Peace Made Possible. Tanenbaum invites you to join us safely in your own home to celebrate our honorees, enjoy music and comedy, and come together as a community to support our critical work promoting justice and building respect for people of all faiths and none.

Corporate Bridge Builder Award
Marriott International

Philanthropic Bridge Builder Award
Nissan Foundation

Adam Solomon Award
Dr. Robert C. Like
Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Peacemakers in Action Award
Fatima Al-Bahadly (Iraq)
Yeny Nolasco Ramírez (El Salvador)

Special Performances by Patti Austin, Grammy Winner

Click here to view our Gala Reservation Form

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Tanenbaum is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to Tanenbaum’s 2021 Virtual Gala are deductible, with the exception of Presenting and Visionaries’ Circle sponsorships, which are tax-deductible to the extent they exceed the $5,000 value of the Corporate Membership (if accessed). Tanenbaum’s Corporate Membership program provides premier services to global and national companies including consultations, trainings and resources. Tanenbaum promotes justice and builds respect for religious difference by transforming individuals and institutions to reduce prejudice, hatred and violence.