David Sugarman, president and CEO of the Manischewitz Company, the largest marketer of kosher food in North America, was honored with the distinguished Americanism award, presented annually by the Anti-Defamation League at its annual gala. This year’s event was on November 2 at Liberty House in Jersey City. The Americanism award honors exceptional people who exemplify the noble ideals and democratic values of the United States of America and of ADL.

“During these challenging times, it’s important for all of us to take a stand against intolerance,” Mr. Sugarman said. The Manischewitz Company recently donated $50,000 to the ADL in support of its efforts to combat recent anti-Semitic and anti-minority acts across the country.

“We are proud to support the ADL and its advocacy for tolerance and inclusion,” he continued. “The ADL is a critical voice against hate not only on behalf of the Jewish people, but on behalf of all people and their civil rights, regardless of race or religion.”

“We are grateful to have the support of the Manischewitz Company in these challenging times,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO. “For more than 100 years ADL has been at the forefront of combating prejudice in all forms. We have made great strides in making America a more accepting and welcoming society, but recent events remind us of how much work remains to be done.”

Other honorees at the dinner included Lawrence S. Lustberg, chair of the Criminal Defense Department at the law firm Gibbons, PC, who received the Torch of Liberty award, and Elizabeth Keil, ADL N.J. regional board, who was the Sidney Wilf Distinguished Young Leadership awardee.