The Work of the Foundation
Launched in 2015, the Leonard I. Beerman Foundation for Peace and Justice honors the legacy of Rabbi Beerman by recognizing and supporting organizations and individuals similarly dedicated to improving the human condition and furthering the cause of peace and justice. In the summer of 2017, a nominating committee of the Foundation chose John R. Lewis, the distinguished civil rights leader and member of the United States Congress, as the inaugural recipient of the Leonard I. Beerman Award for Social Justice in Action. The awards, having a monetary value and including travel and lodging expenses, is presented to a person each year whose words and actions reflect Leonard’s courage and commitment to social justice. The recipient delivers an address in Los Angeles at an event presented by the Foundation, co-sponsored by organizations close to Leonard’s heart. The inaugural event honoring Congressman Lewis took place on October 29, 2017. The second Award for Social Justice in Action will be presented to Norman Lear in June 2019.
UCLA has agreed to archive Rabbi Beerman's papers, and with financial assistance from the Foundation, will digitize them to create the first part of the “Spiritual Leaders of Los Angeles” collection at the UCLA Library. In addition, the papers of Reverend George Regas, Rector Emeritus of All Saints Church, and Dr. Maher Hathout, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the leader of the Los Angeles Muslim community prior to his death in 2015, will be placed in this section of the Library. Presentations of their joint work will anchor this new section as it takes shape.
A book of Leonard's sermons, edited by Professor David Myers, and was recently published and is available for purchase here on our website. A book launch event on June 7, 2018 brought together book editor Professor Myers and friends and colleagues of Rabbi Beerman to reflect on his remarkable career and its relevance to today. Guest speakers included Reverend Ed Bacon, Aziza Hasan, Mike Farrell, Salam al-Marayati, Professor Nomi Stolzenberg, and Rabbi Rachel Timoner.
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