Please join us as we recognize those who uphold Anne's ideals and commemorate what would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday. This year's awards gala will be at the Rooftop Ballroom of the historic Hotel Edison, in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Reverend Eric S.C. Manning, and Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim
This year we recognize congregations who have witnessed unspeakable tragedy in the midst of prayer:
Linwood & Al Noor Masjids Christchurch, New Zealand · March 15, 2019
Tree of Life *Or L'Simcha Synagogue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · October 27, 2018
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Charleston, South Carolina · June 17, 2015
The world has been deeply moved by these and other horrifying tragedies throughout the world; we share in the mourning yet are also inspired by the spirit of solidarity that has emerged.
SAFA Human "Writes" Award
Jack J. Hersch
Every now and then, there’s a story that demonstrates vividly the optimism that guided Anne Frank despite her oppressive conditions. Jack Hersch has brilliantly accomplished that with his memoir about his father’s experiences in the Death March from Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps. We recognize his retelling of this remarkable story with our 2019 Human "Writes" Award.
SAFA Legacy of Hope Award
Pieter & Susan Kohnstam
Imagine knowing Anne Frank as a child. Pieter Kohnstam doesn't have to imagine; Anne was his babysitter in Amsterdam, before the Frank family went into hiding and his family escaped to Argentina. A lifetime of service has guided the humanitarian duo of Susan and Pieter Kohnstam, who for decades have prompted peace, unity, compassion, and understanding through their voluntary service. This year they receive our Legacy of Hope Award, acknowledging their tireless commitment to teaching about the Holocaust and its frightening relevance to events today.
Frisco, Texas Through "Project LifePack," Masaraat collected supplies and volunteered to assist migrant families en route from detention facilities.
Inspired by the power of music to engage children with cognitive and sensory disorders, Emily installed an "outdoor musical playground" in her community.
Jacob Salzman SAFA Scholarship,
donated by Les & Sybil Rosenberg
Los Angeles, California
Sharing art as a means of therapeutic self-expression, Emilia launched KEM Creative Art Studios to work with homeless children.