Washington - Powerful Lawmakers Gather To Honor Kiruv Organization [photos-video]
Washington - Eighteen of Washington’s finest gathered for a luncheon this past Wednesday at the United States Capitol in honor of Shuvu ’s twentieth anniversary. Shuvu, the brainchild of Rav Avraham Pam, Zt’l, was created to give both a solid religious and secular education to the thousands of irreligious Russian Jewish children emigrating into Israel after the collapse of communism. Currently, Shuvu boasts a network of sixty nine schools and affiliates, educating 15,000 students.
The luncheon, which was chaired by Shuvu Chairman Abe Biderman and was held in the prestigious Lyndon B Johnson Room located just ten feet away from the Senate Chamber, was an opportunity to pay tribute to numerous lawmakers who have been extremely supportive of the State of Israel.
The keynote address was delivered by Senator Joe Lieberman, honorary chairman of Shuvu, who also presented the Congressional US Israel Friendship Award to Brochie and Elly Kleinman, CEO of The Americare Companies and a major benefactor to Shuvu. Additionally, Senator Daniel Inouye paid tribute to philanthropist Zev Wolfson for his efforts on behalf of Shuvu.
Present at the luncheon and receiving the Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson Memorial Award were: Senator John Barrasso, M.D., Senator Christopher S. Bond, Senator Jim Bunning, Senator Robert Casey, Senator Mike Crapo, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Mike Johanns, Senator Richard Lugar, Senator John McCain, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Arlen Specter, Senator Ron Wyden, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Representative Ron Klein, Representative Jean Schmidt and Representative Todd Tiahrt.
In an interview with VIN News, Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group which organized the event said, “As Shuvu’s success is directly linked to late Washington Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, sponsor of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which was credited with pressuring the former Soviet Union to allow immigration to Israel, it seemed appropriate to express appreciation in the very place where the Jackson-Vanik amendment was passed.”
All photos and video credit Shimon Gifter for VIN News
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