The Honorees of the Roger E. Joseph Prize, 1978 to today

 Ordination Processional outside Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, 2012.

Ordination Processional outside Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, 2012.

Every year since 1978 (except for two) the Roger E. Joseph Prize has been awarded at Congregation Emanu-El in New York City as part of the Investiture and Ordination Ceremonies of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. 


1978 Victor Kugler
1980 Rabbi Moses Cyrus Weiler
1981 Raoul Wallenberg
1983 Village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in France
1984 Gerhart Riegner, Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress
1985 Church World Service, Catholic Relief Services, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
1986 Helen Suzman
1987 Rosa Parks
1988 The Center for Legal and Social Studies of Buenos Aires
1989 Boat People SOS Committee – Vu Thanh Thuy
1990 The Jewish Agency for Israel
1991 Children’s Defense Fund – Marian Wright Edelman
1992 The Students of HUC-JIR
1993 Teddy Kollek
1994 Johan Jorgen Holst, posthumously
1995 The First Congregational Church and the Montana Association of Churches
1996 Claude Lelouch
1997 Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
1998 The Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
1999 The Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw and the Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, London
2000  Natasa Kandic and the The Humanitarian Law Center, Yugoslavia
2001  Morris S. Dees, Jr. and the Southern Poverty Law Center
2002  Father Mychal Judge, posthumously, and the City of New York Fire Department
2003  Daniel Pearl, posthumously, and The Daniel Pearl Foundation
2004  Erin Gruwell and the Erin Gruwell Education Project
2005  Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
2006  Clementina Cantoni, Kidnapped (and Released) Italian CARE International Aid Worker
2007  Whitwell Middle School Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project
2008  Father Patrick Desbois
2009  Helen Lieberman, South Africa, Founder of Ikamva Labantu
2010  Dr. Dean G. Lorich, Hospital for Special Surgery
2011  ATZUM and Rabbi Levi Lauer, Founder
2012  Edesia and Navyn Salem, Co-Founder and Executive Director
2013  James Conlon
2014  The COPE Foundation

[The prize was not awarded in 1979 and 1982]