18 March 2019 - 12 Adar II 5779 - י"ב אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט

Indian-born Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a global leader in interfaith dialogue and human rights activism on four continents, was honoured by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with its International Leadership Award at a ceremony at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on 17 April.

Officially called Gurudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a revered spiritual and humanitarian leader, spearheading an unprecedented worldwide movement through a myriad of programmes and teachings, and a network of organisations, including the Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values, which has a growing presence across 155 countries. Gurudev has reached an estimated 370 million people and has also played vital roles in peace negotiations globally.

“Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is well known for worldwide activism and relief efforts on behalf of endangered and displaced minorities across the Middle East and Asia – including Christians and Yazidis in Iraq,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action. “We honour him for courageous deeds on behalf of forgotten victims of violence and terrorism,” he continued.

Cooper added: “As a leading Jewish human rights NGO we also thank the Hindu leader for his longtime friendship and empathy for the Jewish people. He helped the Wiesenthal Center to bring its ‘Courage to Remember’ Holocaust exhibition to the people of India, and spoke at a history-making anti-terrorist conference in Bali, co-sponsored by the Wiesenthal Center and LibForAll Foundation following the horrific terrorist attacks in Indonesia.” Cooper noted that the event included Jewish leaders from Israel and a Holocaust survivor, Sol Teichman, who gave the first-ever public presentation by a survivor in the nation that is home to the largest Muslim population in the world.

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