Mar 7, 2005 — Rabbi Arthur Schneier, spiritual leader of the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan and distinguished alumnus of Yeshiva University (YU), will be honored on the occasion of his 75th birthday and 50th year as rabbi at a dinner Sunday, March 20, at The Plaza, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South. The dinner will benefit the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs at YU.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will be the evening’s keynote speaker. Various local and national government officials, as well as ambassadors from Washington, Israel, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Austria, Hungary, and Romania, will attend the event, together with YU President Richard M. Joel and other university leaders.
Rabbi Schneier, a longtime advocate for religious freedom and human rights, is founder and president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, established in 1965. He is the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and the US Department of State Special Recognition Award. Rabbi Schneier recently served as a US delegate to the Stockholm International Forum for the Prevention of Genocide, held positions in several major Jewish organizations, and initiated the Resolution for the Protection of Religious Sites that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
Established in 2004, the Schneier Center at YU seeks to promote international understanding and cooperation by providing an educational forum for the exchange of ideas related to diverse critical issues.
Dinner chairman is Mortimer B. Zuckerman. Serving as co-chairmen are Len Blavatnik, Hon. Earle I. Mack, Bruce Mosler, Michael Scharf, Hon. John C. Whitehead, and Joseph Wilf. For further information, contact Milton Sussman at 212-960-0858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.