The Honorable Robert M. Morgenthau by Karjean Ng

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


The Honorable Robert M. Morgenthau stepped down from his post as Manhattan’s longest-serving District Attorney in 2009 after 35 years in office, but his commitment to public service remains as strong as it was when he joined the US Navy while still an undergraduate in 1940. Still of counsel at the Law Firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, Morgenthau is also Chairman of New York City’s Police Athletic League, life Trustee of Temple Emanu-el, and a Board Member of the Immigrant Justice Corps. An outspoken advocate for the rights of undocumented immigrants, he has linked the need for opportunities and legal protections for immigrants to his own family’s history. His paternal grandfather, Henry Morgenthau Sr., came to the United States from Germany in 1866 and rose to become US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I, using his position to speak out on behalf of Armenians who faced deportations and massacres. His father, Henry Morgenthau Jr., continued the family tradition of public service as Secretary of the Treasury during the Great Depression and World War II, playing an instrumental role in forging the New Deal and advocating within the Roosevelt Administration for Jewish refugees.

Robert M. Morgenthau also recognizes the vital importance of Jewish history and was instrumental in the creation of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. As Founding Chairman, he helped to establish the Museum as a major cultural presence in Lower Manhattan. At the LBI Award Dinner, former Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, David G. Marwell, will engage Mr. Morgenthau in a discussion of his extraordinary career and his continued work to build a better society.

6:00 PM Reception in the Katherine and Clifford Goldsmith Gallery and Mezzanine
7:00 PM Speaking program with Robert Morgenthau and David Marwell
8:00 PM Dinner and Award Ceremony in the Great Hall

Online ticket sales will begin September 20, 2016.