AMERICAN JEWISH Committee CEO David Harris will offer the keynote address at the 75th anniversary celebration of the Central New Jersey office of the global advocacy organization. The gala dinner will be held at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick on Thursday, Oct. 24,
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The late Israeli President Shimon Peres described Harris as the “foreign minister of the Jewish people.” He has been honored 16 times by such countries as Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Ukraine for his international efforts in defense of human rights, advancement of the transatlantic partnership, and dedication to the Jewish people. He has written hundreds of articles, op-eds, letters, and reviews in leading media outlets and is a regular contributor to The Times of Israel and other international publications.
AJC will also honor community leader Kim Jensen Pimley at the event and launch the New Jersey Community of Conscience. The initiative arose following the 2018 attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, when Harris announced that Americans should send “a message to the haters that their America is not ours. Our America champions democracy and pluralism. It celebrates, not bemoans, our diversity.” Harris officially unveiled the national Community of Conscience — which will assemble leaders of diverse faith and ethnic communities to stand together for the values of decency, bipartisanship, and unity — last June at AJC’s Global Forum in Washington, D.C.