Rabbi Harold Schulweis Presented With Pearl Award For Efforts To Aid Darfur Refugees
Los Angeles, CA, November 13, 2008 … In recognition of his lifelong devotion to humanitarian concerns, most recently in challenging American Jews to respond to the crisis in Darfur, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis with the prestigious ADL Daniel Pearl Award.
Rabbi Schulweis, of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, is the founder of Jewish World Watch, an organization comprising more than 50 Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform synagogues throughout Southern California with the goal of helping Darfur refugees through advocacy, education, and direct humanitarian aid. Founded in October 2004, his group plans to expand its focus in the coming years by responding to other human rights abuses around the world.
"Rabbi Schulweis, in a visionary moment, saw and believed and convinced other Jews that we could not sit idly by as another genocide of another people on another continent was committed with impunity," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who presented the award to Rabbi Schulweis during the League's 2008 annual meeting in Los Angeles, California.
"That the Darfuris are mostly Muslim is incidental to the humanitarian impulse of Rabbi Schulweis' organization, yet it is of enormous consequence that Jewish World Watch has as its first mission the alleviation of suffering of an Islamic population," added Mr. Foxman.
Established in 2003, the ADL Pearl Award is named in honor of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was abducted and murdered in Pakistan while pursuing a story about international terrorism. It is given to recognize individuals whose work makes a positive impact on the image of Jews and Judaism in the Muslim world.
Rabbi Schulweis is the first religious leader to receive the ADL Daniel Pearl Award. Endowed by George and Ruth Moss, the award has previously been presented to Dr. Robert Satloff, noted historian and Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (2007); Jeffrey Goldberg, Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker (2005); and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman (2003).
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.