New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens will be the keynote speaker and receive an honorary degree at Yeshiva University’s 93rd annual Chanukah dinner on Sunday, December 3. The black-tie gala will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel in Manhattan, beginning at 5 p.m.
Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, presiding over his first Chanukah dinner as YU president, also will confer an honorary degree on the chair of the board of overseers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, David P. Samson. YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Meir Goldwicht will receive the presidential medallion.
“The Yeshiva University community serves as the Judaic voice in the global conversation,” Dr. Berman said. “Our honorees this year each exemplify the very best of that tradition. Bret Stephens is renowned for his penetrating insight into the world of public affairs; David Samson is a celebrated leader in the dynamic international marketplace; and Rabbi Meir Goldwicht is an iconic steward of a 3,000-year-old heritage of Jewish learning.”
The annual dinner draws hundreds of the country’s leading Jewish philanthropists and community leaders. Past speakers and honorees have included former President George W. Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of State and then-Senator Hillary Clinton, New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Vice President Al Gore, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Arizona Senator John McCain. Go to www.yu.edu/hanukkah for more information.