Wiesenthal Center Bestows Highest Honor on Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer at 2016 National Tribute Dinner

April 19, 2016

Medals of Valor awarded to a powerful studio head who helped rescue hundred of Jews from the Nazis; a Vatican official who works tirelessly to ensure that the bond between Catholics and Jews remains unbreakable and French Imam Hassen Chalghoumi

The Simon Wiesenthal Center bestowed its highest honor, the Humanitarian Award, upon Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, for his enthusiastic support of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance.

The Dinner was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Dinner Chairs were: Michael Burns, Vice Chairman of Lionsgate; Alan Horn, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios; Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation SKG; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBC Universal; Les Moonves, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation; James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox; Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group, Inc; Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix; and David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications. Mr. Meyer served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and Craig Ferguson gave the Tribute remarks.

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Michael Burns, Les Moonves, Rabbi Meyer May, SWC Executive Director, Ted Sarandos, Jon Feltheimer, Ron Meyer, Rabbi Marvin Hier, SWC Founder & Dean, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Craig Ferguson - Photo credit: Marissa Roth

The Simon Wiesenthal Center Medals of Valor were awarded to Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, leading Muslim cleric and founder of the Conference of Imams of France who has received death threats for promoting interfaith relations; Father Norbert J. Hoffman SDB, Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, for tirelessly working to ensure that the bond between Catholics and Jews, forged by the historic Nostra Aetate declaration of 1965, remains unbreakable; and Carl Laemmle, the German-born founder of Universal Studios who, when Adolf Hitler took over Germany and passed the infamous anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws, came to the rescue of hundreds of Germans, Mr. Laemmle's grand-niece Rosemary Hilb accepted the posthumous award on his behalf.

Photo L-R: Rabbi May, Imam Chalghoumi, Father Hoffman, Rabbi Hier, Rosemary Hilb, grand-niece of Carl Laemmle, Janice Prager, SWC National Development Director and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean  - Photo credit: Ruth Andal

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