Senator Lautenberg honored by Hillel days before death

(JNS.orgU.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died Monday at age 89, had received the Renaissance Award from Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at a Hillel gala last Thursday in New York City.

Click photo to download. Caption: Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) . Credit: Hillel.

Lautenberg received the Hillel award in recognition of accomplishments including the law named after him. The Lautenberg Amendment allowed Soviet Jews and other minorities from the former USSR to immigrate to the U.S. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by Hillela great organization that instills students with a connection to Judaism and Israel,” Senator Lautenberg said.

Hillel, along with National Council on Soviet Jewry: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia, is also awarding the newly established Lautenberg Prize to the Genesis Philanthropy Group. The prize “will be presented annually to organizations and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the strengthening of Jewish identity within the Russian-speaking Jewish community,” according to Hillel.    

Posted on June 3, 2013 .