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New England Announces Annual Co-Existence Award
Governor Deval Patrick to be First Recipient
(Boston, MA) October
28, 2016 – AJC New England will honor former Governor Deval Patrick with its
inaugural Co-Existence Award at its Annual Celebration on Monday, November 14,
from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at The Artists for Humanity Epicenter in Boston.
“Gov. Patrick has devoted his life to
building and supporting a society where the rights of all citizens are
protected and where we work together to forge ethnic, religious and racial
understanding. He has given voice to the
values we champion,” said Robert Leikind, Director, AJC New England.
The Co-Existence Award was established to
celebrate leaders who have dedicated their lives to advancing a collective
commitment to co-existence, and contribute to a more peaceful, pluralistic, and
democratic world. The award will be presented at AJC New England’s Annual
Celebration, which will recognize AJC’s
achievements, introduce AJC to friends and neighbors from other communities and
thank those who have made AJC’s work possible.
AJC New England also will honor outgoing President
Mel Shuman for his three years of extraordinary
service. Jonathan Dorfman will be ushered in as the organization’s new
“AJC understands that one of the defining
challenges of our time is the struggle to advance co-existence among diverse
peoples,” said Shuman. “The Co-Existence Award aims to honor those individuals
who show leadership and have taken on the challenge to secure a world where
co-existence and respect for others is prized. I feel fortunate to have led an
organization that values and recognizes leaders who advance these principles,
especially at a time when conflicts are fueled by ethnic, racial, and religious
AJC New England President Dorfman said, “I am honored to take the helm as
President of this outstanding organization, and look forward to continuing our
efforts in promoting human rights, democratic values, and the security of
Israel and the Jewish people.”
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England is the local gateway to
AJC’s global advocacy network. With a network of over 30 offices in the U.S.
and around the world, AJC safeguards the well-being of the Jewish people and
Israel, while promoting human rights and democratic values for all. It
achieves these purposes through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative
advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic outreach.