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International Humanitarian Award Dinner to Celebrate Eminent Reform Leaders at URJ Biennial

Nani and Austin Beutel, Toronto philanthropists and Rabbi Meir Azari, Israeli Reform leader will receive the International Humanitarian Award. Evening will feature North American Premiere of the Debbie Friedman Suite for Orchestra

Boston, MA

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) will honor Toronto philanthropists and distinguished Reform standard bearers, Nani and Austin Beutel, together with a pioneer of the Israeli Reform Movement, Rabbi Meir Azari, at the International Humanitarian Award Dinner. The evening will feature the exclusive North American premiere of the Debbie Friedman Suite for Orchestra.

The Beutels are among the Reform Movement’s most cherished leaders, having served on diverse local and international boards and advisory councils, including Austin’s term as President and Chairman of the WUPJ and Nani’s long tenure on the WUPJ Executive and North American Advisory Boards. Together, they have shaped the Canadian and the worldwide Progressive movements. Rabbi Meir Azari, Senior Rabbi at Beit Daniel and Head of the Daniel Centers in Israel, has forged the path for the Israeli Progressive movement, enabling hundreds of Israelis to find a connection to a more egalitarian and inclusive Judaism.

As a special treat that evening, guests will enjoy the North American Premiere of the Debbie Friedman Suite for Orchestra in a performance arranged and conducted by Israeli musician, Or Oren. The concert will feature music drawn from Debbie Friedman’s magnificent body of work and will pay tribute to Friedman’s life and legacy.

The International Humanitarian Award Dinner will take place at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston from 6:00pm-8:15pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

About the World Union for Progressive Judaism | The World Union for Progressive Judaism strengthens Jewish life and values in Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world by supporting and advancing a progressive approach to Jewish tradition. Established in London in 1926, the World Union has grown to represent 1.8 million Reform, Progressive and Liberal Jews across six continents, seven regions, 50 countries and 1,200 communities. WUPJ promotes contemporary expressions of Jewish identity wherever Jews choose to live by building communities, nurturing leaders, and inspiring the next generation.


For more information about this event, please call Beatrice Eickhoff at 212-452-6530

For more information about the World Union, contact: Ziva Haller Rubenstein

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