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Stuart Rabinowitz, Hofstra president, and Dr. William F. Vendley, head of Religions for Peace
Stuart Rabinowitz, Hofstra president, and Dr. William F. Vendley, head of Religions for Peace

Tarlochan Singh of the Parliament of India and Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Appeal of Conscience
Tarlochan Singh of the Parliament of India and Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Appeal of Conscience
Tarlochan Singh of the Parliament of India, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and wife Elisabeth, and Surinder Singh Chawla and wife Lajwunder
Tarlochan Singh of the Parliament of India, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, and
Surinder Singh Chawla and wife Lajwunder
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
Guru Nanak Prize Awarded
To Schneier And Vendley

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HIS is the year when Holocaust survivor Arthur Schneier turns 80 and leaders around the globe scramble to heap praise and kudos for a lifetime of accomplishments. Hofstra University of Hempstead, N.Y., is the latest of countless institutions to recognize the spiritual leader of Park East Synagogue on New Yorkís Upper East Side for such accomplishments as:

  • Led the first interfaith delegation to the Soviet Union in 1965
  • Led the first interfaith delegation to China in 1981
  • In 1992 he convened a meeting in Switzerland of Serbian Orthodox, Croatian Roman Catholic and Muslim leaders to address the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which produced the Berne Declaration: "A crime committed in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion."
  • Led a seminar for 26 years at the State Departmentís Foreign Service Institute on religion and culture.
  • Founded the Appeal of Conscience Foundation to promote religious freedom and interfaith cooperation.
  • The first rabbi to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal, second highest civilian award inn the U.S.

At a dinner at Garden City Hotel, in Garden City, N.Y., Hofstra president Stuart Rabinowitz awarded the 2010 Guru Nank Interfaith Prize to Rabbi Schneier and to Religions for Peace, a worldwide multireligious coalition, represented by Dr. William F. Vendley, its secretary general.

The $50,000 prize, named for the founder of the Sikh religion, was established four years ago by Ishar Bindra and family. The Bindra family owns the Jeetish Group of Companies, a major distributor of apparel.

"We must show mutual respect, be faithful to our identity and unite in service to humanity," Rabbi Schneier said.

Dr. Vendley said that in his travels to different parts of the world he was impressed how the Sikh community "has reached out to people in need, offering assistance and support."

Tarlochan Singh, a member of the parliament of India, said that Sikhism believes in the equality of men and women. "We are all named Singh, from the prime minister down to the sweeper. We pray for humanity every day inn the Sikh temple. We donít ask God to help us; we ask God to help humanity."

 

 
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