Brandeis Trustee emeritus Michael Steinhardt to help lead Israel’s Independence Day ceremony

Michael Steinhardt and Jehuda Reinharz
Trustee emeritus Michael Steinhardt withPresident emeritus Jehuda Reinharz, PhD'72
The Jerusalem Post

Cofounder of Taglit-Birthright Israel Michael Steinhardt will become one of the first non-Israeli citizens to light a torch during Israel’s annual Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl this May, the Culture Ministry announced Wednesday with the release of the full list of torch lighters.

Steinhardt was selected for the honor alongside founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Marvin Hier – whose participation was reported Sunday – as part of an initiative by the Culture and Sport Ministry in collaboration with the Diaspora Affairs Ministry to dedicate one of the torches to the Jewish people.

The Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Symbols selected candidates “who personify the concern and work being done for the future of the Jewish people, and reinforce the link between world Jewry and Israel.”

As well as launching free 10-day trips to Israel for young Jews from around the world together with Taglit co-founder Charles Bronfman, Steinhardt, 76, is a prominent philanthropist who supports Jewish and Israeli causes and is chairman of the board at The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. In 2014, Bloomberg dubbed him “Wall Street’s greatest trader.”

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Date: April 25, 2017