Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
ANNUAL WALLENBERG TRIBUTE
Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Budapest Jews from the Nazis during the last year of WWII. He was taken into Soviet custody just days after Budapest was liberated and was never again accounted for by Western sources; some Soviet reports put his death in 1947 in a Moscow prison.
Each year since 1984, Muhlenberg College and the IJCU have paid tribute to his courageous moral action on behalf of others with a public presentation by a significant scholar or public figure. Since the Institute’s inception in 1989, the event has included the honoring each year of one or more local individuals who are recognized for their courageous moral action on behalf of others.
Beginning in 2004, the Jeanette Eichenwald Interfaith Award has been presented to one or more Muhlenberg College students who have been active in interfaith understanding. The Wallenberg Dinner is a key fund-raising fixture for the IJCU; individuals, congregations, companies and organizations have the opportunity to attend, to sponsor tables and to make contributions in the name of Wallenberg and the annual honorees.
|1993||Dr. Darrell Jodock|
|1994||The Rev. Harold S. Weiss and Irvin J. Borowsky|
|1995||Dr. Eugene J. Fisher|
|1996||Drs. Alice & Roy Eckardt|
|1997||The Rev. Edward Flannery|
|1998||Joseph & Rita Scheller|
|1999||The Rev. Dr. William P. Barker|
|2000||Bernard Frank, Esq. and Dr. Jonathan Tenzer|
|2001||Arthur R. & Kathryn P. Taylor|
|2003||Jeanette & William Seaman|
|2004||The Rev. Dr. Franklin Sherman|
|2006||The Rev. Dr. John Reumann|
|2007||Cerf & Lee Berkley and Ralph & Roberta Longsworth|
|2008||The Rev. Daniel Gambet|
|2010||The Rev. Christine Nelson|
|2011||Rabbi Dr. Irving R. Greenberg|
|2012||The Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner|
|2014||25th Anniversary Celebration (no honorees)|
|2016||Rabbi Allen Juda|