Madrid, Spain, Dr. Alexander Machkevitch was honored with the prestigious Isaiah Award from Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal at a special ceremony today at the International Leadership Reunion Summit in Madrid.
The Isaiah Award, given in the name of the Jewish People and the People of Israel, is one of the highest honors bestowed by Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal. It is presented to leaders who have shown great commitment to the Jewish concepts of Tikkun Olam, which means healing the world, and Tzedakah, creating justice through giving and philanthropy to help disadvantaged populations improve their lives. Bill Clinton and Sharon Stone were former recipients of the same award.
Dr. Machkevitch was presented with the Isaiah Award in recognition of his unique work as a philanthropist and leader in the Jewish community and in particular the outstanding work he has done to promote religious tolerance and the strengthening of Muslim-Jewish relations. As the former President of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and as a private philanthropist, he has worked to enhance interfaith dialogue and promote Jewish life in Eurasia, which includes Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries, and across the globe.
As head of the Euro-Asia Jewish Congress, Dr. Machkevitch gave new priority to a series of charitable and academic programs, dedicated to Jewish heritage and nurturing tolerance among various cultural and religious groups of that multicultural region. Originally from Kazakhstan, he proudly supported the restoration and construction of synagogues, churches and mosques in several countries in the FSU, summer camps for children of different cultural and religious backgrounds, and academic scholarships for students, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
“Dr. Machkevitch’s work in interfaith relations, particularly in the FSU, has been singular. He has been a long-standing supporter of Israel and Keren Hayesod, where he has held prominent and groundbreaking leadership positions, and today serves as the President of Keren Hayesod in the FSU,” said Greg Masel, Director General of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal. “We are truly honored to present the Isaiah Award to this remarkable man and I’m sure the world and the Jewish People will continue to benefit from his generosity.”
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