ON-Lion Letter
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of four 2016 Bradley Prizes will be presented to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks -- international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author, respected moral voice, and recently named 2016 Templeton Prize Laureate in recognition of his "exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimension."

Since stepping down as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, a position he held from 1991 to 2013, Sacks has been a professor at several academic institutions, including Yeshiva University and King's College London.  He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.  

Described by Prince Charles as "a light unto this nation" and by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as "an intellectual giant," Sacks was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in 2009.

The Bradley Prize will be awarded to Sacks at a ceremony to be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 15.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

"Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has distinguished himself as a leading moral voice in today’s world," said Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation.  "He is a world leader in the defense of religious liberty, decrying violence perpetrated in the name of religion, and exploring the compatibility of religion and science."

The selection was based on nominations submitted by more than 200 prominent individuals across the country and chosen by the Bradley Prizes Selection Committee.

"Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Rabbi Lord Sacks, with the hope that others will strive for excellence in their respective fields," Grebe said.
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