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Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to Receive JNF's Shalom Peace Award

January 15, 2015

Adam H. Brill
Director of Communications
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Award Recognizes Dedication to Peace, Humanity and American-Israeli Friendship

Michael Oren.jpgNew York, NY: January 15, 2015 - Michael Oren, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States will receive Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Shalom Peace Award at JNF’s 2015 National Conference in Chicago this October.

    The Shalom Peace Award, one of JNF’s highest honors, recognizes those individuals who have contributed to Shalom Bayit, or peace within the community.

    “Russell F. Robinson, CEO of JNF remarked, “Michael Oren is a great friend of JNF and this award honors his many years of commitment to Israel, his dedication to peace and the security of human life, and his many outstanding contributions to the world at large.”

    Oren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He currently holds the Abba Eban Chair in International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and is Ambassador-in‐Residence at the Atlantic Council. Dr. Oren serves as the global chairman of the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center and as the representative of the State of Israel on the Birthright Steering Committee.

    Educated at Princeton and Columbia, Ambassador Oren has been a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, and Georgetown, and was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. An expert in Middle East History, Ambassador Oren’s last two books, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East from 1776 to the Present and Six Days of War, were New York Times bestsellers. Born in the US, Ambassador Oren made Aliyah and enlisted as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, seeing action in the Lebanon War. As an officer, Ambassador Oren served as a liaison to the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF Spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead. He and his wife, Sally, have three children.

     Ambassador Oren is among only a dozen recipients of the award since it was initiated in 1984. Past recipients include: Vice President Al Gore; retired Gen. Colin Powell; slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's widow, Jehan Sadat; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Larry King; and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

     Jewish National Fund’s 2015 National Conference will be held October 23 - 26, in Chicago, IL. For more information click here.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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