International Humanitarian Award Dinner

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

6:00 pm to 8:15 pm  



Join the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Women of Reform Judaism in honoring philanthropists Nani and Austin Beutel of Toronto, and Rabbi Meir Azari, visionary leader of Tel Aviv’s Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism


The North American premier of the “Debbie Friedman Suite” performed by a full orchestra.

Proceeds will support WUPJ & WRJ Youth and Rabbinic Education programs.






International Humanitarian Award



    Nani and Austin Beutel                                               Rabbi Meir Azari 

                      Toronto, Canada                                            Beit Daniel, Tel Aviv, Israel 







The Debbie Friedman Suite


Debbie Friedman’s music permeates our worship with spirituality and breathtaking beauty. Israeli composer and conductor Or Oren has produced a lush arrangement of Debbie’s most iconic songs for live orchestra. We are honored that Mr. Oren will conduct the exclusive North American premier of the Debbie Friedman suite this evening.





Honor Nani and Austin Beutel and Rabbi Meir Azari

and support the important work of the World Union for Progressive Judaism


Gold Sponsor at $36,000
Includes up to 20 tickets and Full Page Journal Ad

Sponsor a rabbinic student at the WUPJ Institute Modern Jewish Studies in Moscow for one year

Silver Sponsor at $18,000
Includes up to 15 tickets and Full Page Journal Ad

Sponsor a year in Israel for a Progressive rabbinic student

Bronze Sponsor at $10,000
Includes up to 10 tickets and Full Page Journal Ad

Send Progressive students from South America, South Africa or Australia to a one-year youth leadership training program in Jerusalem

Supporting Sponsor at $5,000
Includes up to 5 tickets and Half Page Journal Ad

Repair and transfer a Torah scroll to an emerging Progressive congregation

Contributing Sponsor at $1,800
Includes up to 2 tickets and Quarter Page Journal Ad

Provide a scholarship to a WUPJ summer camp



Select Sponsorship


Purchase Tickets

Rabbinic Co-Chair at $1000 Includes 2 Tickets and Name Listing

Leadership Ticket at $500 Includes Name Listing

Individual Ticket at $250 each ticket

         Discounted tickets are available for URJ Biennial Registrants at


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Support WUPJ and WRJ


 I cannot attend, but I would like to honor Nani and Austin Beutel and Rabbi Meir Azari with  a contribution




Debbie Friedman Suite Sponsors


In addition to the above sponsorship benefits, we are pleased to offer packages that include an opportunity to perform with the orchestra at the Tribute Dinner and performance rights for the Debbie Friedman Suite.

Contact Naomi Smook at [email protected] or 212-650-4242


Event Leadership


Tribute Chairs


Sara Charney, Toronto

Lynn Magid Lazar, Pittsburgh

Diane Marcus, San Mateo

Les Rothschild, Toronto

Tadd Schwab, Boca Raton 


Honorary Tribute Chairs


Ina and Steven Bauman, Los Altos

Marcia Visser and Robert Beutel, Toronto

Deborah Siegel and Eric Beutel, Toronto

Karen Golden and David Beutel, Toronto

Stephen Breslauer, Houston

Miriam Daniel and Laurence Wolff, Chevy Chase

Gerard Daniel, Chevy Chase

Betty Golomb, New York

Betty and Arthur Roswell, Bridgewater

Marjorie and Jerome Somers, Swampscott

Carole and Jay Sterling, Toronto

Dolores Wilkenfeld, Houston