APPEAL OF CONSCIENCE
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Laurence D. Fink and Muhtar Kent,
chairman and CEO of
the Coca-Cola Company
Stephen A. Schwarzman, co-founder, chairman and CEO of
Blackstone; Rabbi Arthur Schneier;
Lori Fink and Laurence D.
Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, H.E. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick,
archbishop emeritus of
Washington, D.C., Alex Gorsky, and
Stephen A. Schwarzman
UK Prime Minister Honored
At Group’s 50th Anniversary
Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the global interfaith
organization founded by Rabbi
Arthur Schneier, marked its
50th anniversary in September 2015 with a
high-profile black-tie dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria that
honored the prime minister of the United Kingdom with a World
Even though the United Nations General Assembly was in full
swing that day, Prime Minister
David Cameron was
not in town. He delayed his New York trip by a week. Not to
worry. He addressed the dinner guests with a videotaped message.
Accepting the award on his behalf was
Matthew Rycroft, the
UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Rabbi Schneier presented the 2015 Appeal of Conscience Award to
two worthy recipients: Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, and
Alex Gorsky, CEO of
Johnson & Johnson.
Fink, who founded BlackRock in 1988, is co-chairman of the NYU
Langone Medical Center board of trustees, co-chairman of the
Partnership for New York City, and a board member of the Museum
of Modern Art, Council on Foreign Relations and Robin Hood, the
New York City charitable group.
Gorsky is a board member of IBM and the National Academy
Foundation, and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Since 1965 the Appeal of Conscience Foundation has been working
worldwide for religious freedom, human rights, peace and
tolerance. A coalition of business, religious and foreign policy
leaders, the organization promotes mutual understanding and
interfaith cooperation and provides a voice of conscience to
Among the distinguished guests at the dinner were Dr.
chairman of the Religious Council of the Caucasus; Archbishop
Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America; Archbishop
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America;
Jan Eliasson, Deputy
Secretary-General of the United Nations;
United States Ambassador to Iraq and the United Nations; Bishop
Robert Rimbo of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Metropolitan New York Synod; Rev.
Dr. James Kowalski, dean of
the Cathedral of St. John the Divine;
President of Croatia; Dr.
Allahshukur Pashazade; and
John A. Catsimatidis,
chairman, president & CEO of the Red Apple Group.