2012 Awards

The 12th Biennial
Juliet Hollister Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tribeca Rooftop · New York City

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The 2012 Honorees are:

NYU’S Center for Spiritual Life

NYU’s Center for Spiritual Life is a multifaith initiative to enhance the educational experience by fostering a community of scholars who support religious expression, leadership, integrity, mutual respect and open dialogue. It seeks to provide a safe environment for all students to grow, explore and deepen their own beliefs and values. Additionally, the Center offers a sanctuary for learning and exploration, and for deepening one’s understanding of self, of others, and of the world, while fostering the education of the whole person. The Center encourages students to expand their knowledge within and beyond their own faith traditions. By doing so, students have the opportunity to embrace choices and create meaningful connections within NYU, in their home communities, and in the global community.

The Center for Spiritual Life and the Chaplains’ Circle Seek to Promote:

  • spiritual wholeness
  • respect within & beyond one’s faith community
  • engagement with religious diversity
  • dialogue
  • community service
  • ethical reasoning
  • personal responsibility and value development

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1980, and has lived in Washington, Palo Alto, Oxford, New York and London. She holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford and a MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Chelsea has worked in the private sector at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Currently, Chelsea works at New York University, with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative and is pursuing a doctorate at Oxford. Her recent professional and academic work, including her recent academic publications, have focused on how to improve access to relatively low-cost, high-quality health care services around the world, as well as questions related to what higher education should look and feel like in a global world. In her advocacy work, Chelsea has focused on questions of empowerment and equal rights, including areas related to health and the arts, particularly on those that concern children.

Chelsea currently serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Chelsea lives with her husband Marc Mezvinsky and their dog Soren in New York City.

Imam Khalid Latif

2012 AwardsImam Khalid Latif (OM Leadership Team) is a University Chaplain for NYU, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. In 2007, Imam Latif became the youngest chaplain in the history of the NYC Police Department at the age of 24. Latif has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post, BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Colbert Report, and Time. Imam Latif has been named a Global Interfaith Visionary by the UN Temple of Understanding (2010), one of 100 NYC Luminaries by the NY Public Library (2011), one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2009 & 2010), a Millennial Leader for Social Justice by Auburn Seminary (2011), and he was recently featured in the Christian Science Monitor’s “30 under 30” list (2012).

Rabbi Yehuda Sarna

Rabbi Yehuda Sarna (OM Leadership Team) serves as University Chaplain and Rabbi at the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU. Rabbi Sarna founded the Jewish Learning Fellowship at NYU, a “school-within-a-school,” offering intensive ten-week courses of exploration in Jewish thought. With nearly 1000 alumni since 2007, the Fellowship now serves as a national educational model for Jewish campus groups. Rabbi Sarna was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence from Hillel International in 2008. He was listed as one of “36 under 36 Changemakers” by the New York Jewish Week (2009), received the Hallmark Award from the NYU Division of Student Affairs (2010), and will be honored with a United Nations’ Juliet Hollister Award in October (2012) by the Temple of Understanding. He is the editor of The Koren Shabbat Evening Siddur (2011) and Orthodox Forum Series: Toward a Jewish Perspective on Culture (forthcoming).

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, President and Founder of the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values (The Netherlands), will be honored for including interfaith oriented leadership in his institute’s work on sustainable development.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp is an award winning lecturer, writer, environmental activist and champion of civil society who is active in a wide variety of progressive, humanitarian, and interfaith initiatives. Born in 1943 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rabbi Soetendorp was saved by a righteous couple and survived as a ‘hidden child.’ He received his ordination from Leo Baeck College of London in 1967 and was instrumental in the reestablishment of Jewish communities in the Netherlands. Rabbi Soetendorp was extremely active in the movement to free Soviet Jewry, serving as the Dutch chair of the Solidarity Committee for Jews in the Soviet Union.

He is the Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation Beth Jehuda in The Hague and former President of the European region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Rabbi Soetendorp is a founding member of Green Cross International, the Islam and the West dialogue group of the World Economic Forum, and the Day of Respect Foundation. He has established the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values that helps to build bridges between the cultures, spiritual traditions, and generations.

May Rihani

May Rihani served as Senior Vice President at AED, FHI360, and Creative Associates where she designed and managed gender and girls’ education projects in Afghanistan, Benin, Congo, Egypt,Ghana, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Ms. Rihani’s extensive work in girls’ education includes policy assessments, innovative design, and systems’ analysis. Ms. Rihani is a leading voice on the relationship between girls’ education, reproductive health, and economic productivity.

Her expertise in education and gender programming attracted the attention of donor organizations that sought her input to support their missions. In just a few years, she expanded the donor base of AED’s Center on Gender beyond traditional donors — such as USAID and the World Bank – to include DFID, UNICEF, UNFPA, GE Foundation, Johnson and Johnson Foundation, Kenora Foundation, Exxon Mobil, and others.

One of Ms. Rihani’s major research is entitled, “Learning for the 21st Century: Girls’ Education in the Middle East and North Africa.” Her most recent publication is, “Keeping the Promise: Five Benefits of Girls’ Secondary Education.”

Due to her global experience, Ms. Rihani was elected Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative from 2008 to 2010.


Interfaith Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award

Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr.

Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. is President and Founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation of New York, a global ministry for spiritual renewal and holistic health. He is Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational, interracial institution in New York and is currently the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary. He is being honored for the advancement of greater awareness and understanding of multicultural and interfaith values in national and local communities.


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