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Congressional Luncheon in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and its Founder and President, Rabbi Arthur Schneier
March 11, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Congressional Luncheon in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and its Founder and President, Rabbi Arthur Schneier Members of the United States Senate and the diplomatic corps as well as leaders of business and religious life gathered in Washington, DC to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and the 85th birthday of its Founder and President, Rabbi Arthur Schneier.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier is one of this centuries’ greatest champions of social justice, religious acceptance and equality,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) . “I am honored to join in this show of support for Rabbi Schneier—who continues to selflessly devote his life to this noble cause.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) congratulated Rabbi Arthur Schneier, saying, “The Rabbi is not only a New York leader, he is a world leader. He is someone we look up to for guidance of conscience, for guidance of spirituality, for guidance of goodness.”

"I appreciate the contributions made by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation to the goals of peace and security across the globe, These contributions would not have been possible without the efforts of Rabbi Arthur Schneier', who not only founded this organization but has also served in numerous positions through which he has fought for tolerance and understanding,” said Senate Democratic Leader, Harry Reid. (D- NV). “ This year marks 70 years since Rabbi Schneier's liberation from Nazi occupation, and his 85th birthday. I am honored to express my admiration for his strength of character and commitment to peace.”

“Thank you for speaking out for tolerance, thank you for speaking out for truth and thank you for speaking out for religious liberty,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), paying tribute to Rabbi Arthur Schneier’s 50 years of work to promote interreligious dialogue and protect the right to worship freely."

Also speaking were Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD); Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ); Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE); Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Arminian Church of America and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington DC, both Vice Presidents of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Ambassador Marc Grossman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and William McSweeny, a Trustee of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, presided over the event.

“We cannot change the past. We have to live with the present. But we can shape the future for our children and our children’s children,” said Rabbi Arthur Schneier. “Every tyranny comes to an end. But we have to do something about it.”

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