Apr 12, 2010
Hofstra University honors ACF president Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Religions for Peace as co-recipients of the 2010 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize at an awards presentation and gala dinner at New York's Garden City Hotel.
The $50,000 prize, which is bestowed every two years, is named for the founder of the Sikh religion and recognizes significant work to increase interfaith understanding. The first Guru Nanak Prize was awarded in 2008 to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Among the guests at the dinner was the Honorable Tarlochan Singh, a member of the Parliament of India. Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz presided over the formal award presentation.
"Rabbi Schneier and Religions for Peace have shown an unflagging commitment to bringing together people of all faiths to work toward common humanitarian goals," said Rabinowitz. More than 60 individuals and groups were nominated.
A Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Schneier has led interfaith delegations to Cuba, China and the former Soviet Union, and was the first rabbi to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian award in the U.S.
"This high recognition by Hofstra University will be an added incentive to continue my life’s work on behalf of religious freedom, human rights and interfaith cooperation," Schneier said, "and hopefully will inspire many others."