The World Values Network is honored to announce the presence of television personality and Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner at our Sixth Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which will be held on March 8th, 2018 at The Plaza in New York City.
Having already summited the spheres of athletics and entertainment, Caitlyn became one of the foremost exponents of LGBTQ rights in the world today and has become a cultural icon. Widely considered the most famous openly transgender woman on earth, she is also a sincere supporter of the State of Israel, which has always been a world leader in securing the rights and wellbeing of people of all identities. In a region where discrimination, persecution, and even execution are daily realities for LGBTQ communities and individuals, Israel’s message of liberty and tolerance must be desperately heeded.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach said, “Israel is a bastion of global human rights and a great light to the nations. But the Middle East is sadly a cesspit of human rights abuses, especially toward LGBTQ citizens who are routinely murdered, beheaded, and even hung from cranes. Caitlyn Jenner, a great friend of the Jewish people and Israel, is uniquely suited to highlight Israel’s incredible record on human rights and LGBTQ rights and protection to the LGBTQ citizens which is utterly unique and unprecedented in the Middle East. I believe her remarks will have a global impact, especially as we celebrate 70 years of Israel as the Middle East’s only democracy.”
For years, Israel’s military has served as a model for transgender soldiers to serve. In 1993, Israel became one of the first countries on earth to protect the rights of transgender soldiers, providing them with the constitutional right to a full and unhindered service. Today, the Jewish State is one of only eighteen nations on earth whose armies allow transgender individuals to serve.
The Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, now in its 6th year, celebrates individuals who honor human rights and defend the protections and values of democracies like Israel which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Other honored guests will include Ron Dermer (Israeli Ambassador to the US), Dennis Prager (The Dennis Prager Show), Sean Spicer (Former White House Press Secretary), Dana White (Chief Spokesperson, The Pentagon), Congressman Ron DeSantis, Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel) and Adar Gandelsman (Miss Universe Israel). Past honorees have included Pamela Anderson, Senator Cory Booker, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn, Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Pulitzer Prize-winner Brett Stephens, Philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich and Senator Ted Cruz.
About Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” is one of Israel’s best-known and most respected advocates in global media and has defended Israel in celebrated public debates throughout the world. He is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost spiritual leaders, values exponents, and relationship experts of our time. The author of thirty-two books (Lust For Love, with Co- Author Pamela Anderson) which will be out this spring, Rabbi Shmuley’s syndicated columns, TV and radio shows (including Shalom In The Home and Divine Intervention) appear in media throughout the world. Rabbi Shmuley was labeled “a cultural phenomenon” and “the most famous rabbi in America” by Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post, one of the fifty most influential Jewish personalities in the world by The Jerusalem Post, and is the only rabbi ever to win the highly prestigious London Times Preacher of the Year award. Having served for eleven years as rabbi at the University of Oxford, Rabbi Shmuley founded The World Values Network, one of the leading organizations defending The State of Israel against its detractors in world media.
The World Values Network
Our organization has proven uniquely effective in promoting Jewish Values and defending Israel in mainstream and international media.
Together with world leaders from every sphere, we tackle today’s pressing issues through debates, panels, forums, and lectures at venues worldwide. Along with these, we have orchestrated massive and immensely effective ad campaigns to protect the Jewish State and introduce Americans to the beauty of Jewish values.
In 2013, Rabbi Shmuley launched the inaugural Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, a prestigious platform recognizing those who strive to positively affect society.