AJC 2017 Co-Existence Nominations

(April 30, 2017 Deadline for Submission)


AJC New England is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Co-Existence Award. The Co-Existence Award was established last year and celebrates local leaders who have dedicated their lives to advancing a collective commitment to co-existence, and contribute to a more peaceful, pluralistic, and democratic world. Former Governor Deval Patrick was honored as the winner of the inaugural Co-Existence Award on November 14, 2016, at a reception attended by more than 200 people during AJC New England’s Annual Celebration. See below for important information:
   • About the Award
   • Nomination Requirements
   • Guidelines and Eligibility
   • Nominations
   • Recognition

Governor Deval Patrick, 2016 recipient of the AJC New England
Co-Existence Award, addresses the crowd at our Annual Celebration.

About the Award

The struggle to advance co-existence among diverse peoples is one of the defining challenges of our time. Many societies lack a robust commitment to co-existence. Rights of minority peoples are diminished or ignored. Shocking violations of human rights occur with impunity. And, rampant persecution becomes common.

This is true not only in countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, but also in advanced democracies that struggle to accommodate their diverse communities. Europe is struggling with how to meet the complex challenge posed by the surge of immigrants from the war-torn Middle East. Across the U.S., including in our local community, racial tensions, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, gender equality and civil rights issues continue to surface.

As our world becomes smaller, it is increasingly evident that stability and security require that our communities reflect a strong commitment to co-existence and a deeply rooted respect for the preservation of individual rights under the law. Developing such communities requires:

   • Attention to the laws of one’s community;
   • Care in the way we educate our children;
   • Thoughtful efforts to advance intergroup and interfaith relations;
   • Courageous political advocacy;
   • An avid embrace of the responsibility to ensure tolerant, respectful, pluralistic communities; and
   • Recognition that the results of one’s work may not be visible in one’s own lifetime

Many people around the world have accepted this challenge and are working to secure a world where co-existence is prized. AJC New England created the Co-Existence Award to recognize such leaders in our community and highlight their good work, so that we can all learn from them and be inspired to follow their example. The First Annual AJC New England Co-Existence Award was presented to Former Governor Deval Patrick on November 14, 2016.

Each year, AJC New England plans to select one or more individuals from a set of nominees resulting from a broad community input process. AJC leadership will evaluate nominations and make the selection based on the requirements and criteria described below under the following headings.

Nomination Requirements

Anyone may submit a nomination for the AJC New England Co-Existence Award. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must clearly document why the candidate should be considered for this award. All nominations must contain sufficient information to inform the selection process, including:
   1. Description of how the candidate fulfills the criteria described under the "Guidelines and Eligibility" section for this award (250 words or less).
   2. Supporting documentation, if available, such as an online bio or resume (link provided or documents).
If available, please submit URL links to an on-line bio for the candidate or the candidate's vitae or professional resume and any other information to provide the selection committee with a more comprehensive overview of the candidate’s accomplishments and experiences. Background documents may also be emailed to newengland@ajc.org. Please note the CV or resume is not a substitute for the required description listed above as item 1.


Guidelines and Eligibility

Nominees should have made significant and demonstrable contributions to the co-existence of diverse segments of society. Specifically, we are looking for candidates who:
   1. Have championed co-existence through action and advocacy
   2. Are widely regarded in the community for their stand on co-existence, and
   3. Have been actively involved in one or more of the following activities promoting co-existence among religious, ethnic and other minority groups.
         • Taken a leadership role in bringing diverse segments of our society and/or nations together in forums, committees, etc.
         • Taken a stand against anti-Semitism, racism, Islamophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance using various forms of written and spoken communication.
         • Demonstrated effective leadership in institutions/government office, either currently or previously.

AJC will examine published editorials, news reports, videos and other publicly available information that demonstrates the candidate’s involvement in the above issues.

Neither nominees nor award recipients may be current members of the AJC New England Leadership Board or employed by AJC.



Nominations for the 2017 AJC New England Co-Existence Award are now open! Submit your nomination by April 30, 2017, using the nomination form: 2017 Nomination Form 



Award recipients are recognized at the AJC New England Annual Co-Existence Awards Reception, to be held each year in Boston, attended by several hundred members of the community including intergroup, interfaith, civil, legislative and diplomatic leaders. Recipients are presented with an award and address the attendees. No cash prizes are provided.



For questions or comments, please contact newengland@ajc.org or call 617-457-8700.



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