Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company Honored by SWC; Four Medal of Valor Recipients Also Recognized

Harvey Weinstein honored by SWC; Four Medal of Valor recipients also recognized

The Wiesenthal Center bestowed its 2015 Humanitarian Award on Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Medals of Valor were awarded to a Malian, Muslim immigrant who hid kosher market hostages from terrorists during this year’s Paris attacks; the Sergeant-at-Arms of Canadian Parliament who saved his country’s lawmakers from certain death at the hands of a gunman; a Druze policeman who was killed protecting a synagogue in Jerusalem; and a German industrialist who warned the Allies of Hitler’s genocidal plans.
 
Dinner Chairs were:  Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation SKG; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBC Universal; Len Blavatnik, Chairman, Access Industries; and Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. Mr. Katzenberg served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

 
Pictured above L-R: Rabbi Hier, Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvey Weinstein, SWC Board Chair Larry Mizel and SWC Executive Director, Rabbi Meyer May. Clockwise below: 1) L-R: Medal of Valor recipients with Rabbi Hier; Lassana Bathily, Rinal Seif, Dr. Priscilla Schulte and Ambassador Kevin Vickers 2) L-R: Rabbi Hier, Harvey Weinstein and SWC National Development Director, Janice Prager 3) L-R: Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Christoph Waltz, Lori and Michael Milken, and Rabbis Hier and May 4) Christoph Waltz

 
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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Harvey Weinstein Urges Jews to Take on Anti-Semites: "Kick These Guys in the A**"

"Tuesday’s gala featured the surprise announcement that an additional $50 million has been raised toward construction of a sprawling Museum of Tolerance complex in Jerusalem. Katzenberg announced the new donation, which he said had come together “over the last few months” and gives the center 87 percent of the new campus’ projected cost.

Katzenberg said the $50 million includes “a gift of $26 million — the largest gift in the history of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — from Dawn Arnall to name the building in memory of her late husband, Roland,” the billionaire businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. The other bequests include “a gift of $10 million from the world-renowned philanthropist and chairman of the Milken Institute, along with his wife, Michael and Lori Milken... and a gift of $10 million from Larry and Carol Mizel to jointly name the Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem campus. A gift of $18 million [came] from one of Canada’s most generous families, Gordon and Leslie Diamond, to name the 1,000-seat amphitheater.” There also was an anonymous $5 million gift."

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