Partners for Democracy Awards

50th Anniversary Gala

November 17, 2021

The Plaza Hotel · New York City

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the 2021 partners for democracy award

The Partners for Democracy Award is bestowed upon distinguished individuals and organizations who have meaningfully supported the ongoing friendship between the United States and Israel. The Award honors successful efforts to cultivate and strengthen the relationships, bonds and mutual respect that is shared by the people of both countries.

George W. Bush

The 43rd President of the United States of America

Reuven Rivlin

The 10th President of the State of Israel

The Kenneth J. Bialkin Leadership Award

This Award recognizes people and institutions at the forefront of business and politics whose leadership and pioneering spirit has helped promote commercial activity between the United States and Israel.


NASDAQ transformed the financial markets with the introduction of the world’s first electronic stock market in 1971. Today, there are more than 4,000 companies listed on the exchange.


The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) was established in Israel in September 1953. TASE plays a central role in the Israeli economy and provides a market infrastructure that is central to the economy’s growth.

The Herbert Tenzer Lifetime Achievement Award

The Herbert Tenzer Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2005 to recognize individuals who best exemplify the principles and values Herbert Tenzer believed in, and who, through their contribution to the America-Israel Friendship League, have promoted the shared values of both democracies.


(May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978)
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. served as the 38th vice president of the United States from 1965 to 1969. He twice served in the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978.


(November 1, 1905 – March 24, 1993)
Herbert Tenzer was an American Democratic Party politician, who served two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1968. Tenzer was also a lawyer and a philanthropist. Tenzer was a founder of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. He was a founder of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, served on the board of trustees, and held the posts of chairman and chairman emeritus. He was also active in founding Yeshiva's Sy Syms School of Business. Tenzer was also a board of directors member and board president for the National Council to Combat Blindness (NCCB) (now Fight for Sight). He was also a founder and past president of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York.

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board members, left to right: Left to Right: Jonathan Barsade, Amb. Dan Gillerman, Eric J. Gertler, Josh S. Weston

AIFL board members

Honorary President
Mortimer B. Zuckerman

Honorary Chair, Executive Committee
Dr. Charlotte K. Frank

Chairman/Chair, Executive Committee
Eric J. Gertler

Vice Presidents
Doron Cohen & Dr. June B. Dempsey

Chairman, Israel Board
Amb. Dan Gillerman

Hon. Robert Abrams

Jonathan Barsade

Executive Director
Wayne L. Firestone


Lisa Anastos
George Arzt
Ronald S. Baron
Elsa Ben Shimon
Lisa Bialkin
Len Blavatnik
Catherine Carlton
J. Morton Davis

Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel
Tsvi Gal
James S. Gertler
Amb. Dan Gillerman
Gary Gladstein
Malcolm Hoenlein
Gol Kalev
Andrew Kerai

Amb. Ronald S. Lauder
Zohar Loshitzer
Alan Meltzer
Dr. David Milch
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
Daniella Rilov
Robert Rothenberg

David Sable
Pamela Samuels
Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Dr. Allen Sessoms
Ralph Wanger
Josh S. Weston
Judy Yudof

AIFL ISRAEL board members

Chairman of the Board
Amb. Dan Gillerman

Deputy Chairman
Maj. Gen (Ret.) Dani Rothschild

Executive Director
Ruby Shamir


Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Orit Adato
Adi Amorai
Ambassador Uri Bar-Ner
Nava Barak
Jonathan Barsade
Mehereta Baruch Ron
Adv. Hanina Brandes
Dita Bronitsky
Hayim Cohen

Ruth Cheshin
Ofer Chodorov
Yossi Ciechanover
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Amira Dotan
Itzhak Forer
Moshe Gaon
Dr. David Harman
Amir Hassoun
Avi Hochman

Noga Kainan
Itzhak Kaul
David Kolitz
Tali Koren
Elchanan (Nani) Maoz
Gabriel Menaged
Prof. Mordechai Mironi
Dr. Israel Peleg
Noga Perry

Shai Preminger
David Rubin
Noam Semel
Yigal Shefer
Shmuel Sisso
Adv. Navot Tel-Zur
Dr. Yossi Vardi
Peretz Winkler


  • Centurion$100,000

    Premium table for 10, an Inside Front Cover Page in the Journal, a Centurion listing in all Gala materials, VIP Reception

  • Gold/Zahav Council$50,000

    Premium table for 10, a Gold Page in the Journal, a Gold/Zahav Council listing in all Gala materials, VIP Reception

  • Benefactor$25,000

    Premium table for 10, a Silver Page in the Journal, a Benefactor listing in all Gala materials

  • Patron$18,000

    Premium table for 10, a Bronze Page in the Journal, a Patron listing in all Gala materials

  • Sponsor$10,000

    Premium seating for 8, a Black & White Page in the Journal, a Sponsor listing in all Gala materials

  • Tribute$5,000

    Premium seating for 2, a Black & White Page in the Journal

  • Individual$1,500

    Seating for 1, a listing in the Journal