MAYOR BLOOMBERG RECEIVES HADASSAH’S HIGHEST HONOR
(New York, NY -- July 19, 2007) -- The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, this week received the Henrietta Szold Award at the 93rd National Convention of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, just concluded in New York City. Szold, the founder of Hadassah, was a Jewish-American patriot, a fervent Zionist, and a great humanitarian; in October, she will be posthumously inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Since its establishment in 1949, Hadassah’s highest honor has been awarded to a woman or man who represents the ideals and beliefs of Henrietta Szold. The recipient has traditionally been a world leader or a prominent figure in his/her field, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1949. Over the years, doctors, statesmen, elected officials and other humanitarians have received the award, including Elie Wiesel, George Schultz, and Golda Meir. In 1995, then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres were the dual recipients. The nominating committee for the Szold Award is comprised of past national presidents, and is chaired by Bonnie Lipton (1999-2003).
At the last minute, the Mayor was unable to attend the gala dinner, but the festivities continued with First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris accepting the award on his behalf.
In her introductory remarks, Bonnie Lipton cited the many reasons Bloomberg received this coveted award: “He is a man who holds steadfast to his principles – one who sees new opportunities and challenges where others see problems or limitation. A profound thinker, his entire personality is keyed to action and achievement…. Like Henrietta Szold, he has the vision to plan and the daring to make decisions, the faith to keep his dreams alive and the wisdom and strength to make them a reality.”
In her remarks to the 2,500 convention delegates, Harris noted that nearly a century after its founding, Hadassah has “changed the nature of women and volunteerism and continues to be at the forefront of progressive social change...the legacy of Henrietta Szold is very much alive.”
Michael R. Bloomberg, the 108th Mayor of the City of New York, was born to a middle class family in Medford, MA. After graduating from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Business School, he quickly rose through the ranks at Salomon Brothers. With a vision of an information company that would use emerging technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the buyers and sellers of financial securities, he began a small start-up company called Bloomberg LP in 1981. Today, Bloomberg LP has over 250,000 subscribers to its financial news and information service.
As his company grew, Michael Bloomberg began directing more of his attention to philanthropy, donating his time and resources to many different causes. He has served on the boards of numerous charitable, cultural, and educational institutions.
He officially entered public life in 2001, when he ran for Mayor of the City of New York. His election came just two months after the tragic attacks of 9/11. In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg was re-elected by a diverse coalition that spanned the political spectrum.
Mayor Bloomberg is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina.