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Honorable Congressman Robert Turner to Receive Civic Leadership Award at 2014 ALEH Foundation Awards Dinner

Major Rabbinic Leaders responded with enthusiasm to the nomination of this year's Civic Leadership Awardee!
 
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    NEW YORK, NY, January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Aleh Foundation will be presenting the distinguished Civic Leadership Award to Congressman Robert Turner at The 2014 ALEH FOUNDATION Annual Awards Gala Event on Wednesday evening, May 21 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. This award is in recognition of your lifetime of achievements. The event's proceeds will go towards Respite Services providing year round programming after school for developmentally-delayed children. The purpose of this program is two-fold: to support and strengthen the families; and to enrich the lives of these children. http://www.alehfoundationusa.org/PRG_respite.html

Congressman Bob Turner has shown dedication and immeasurable support to important global causes as well as major Jewish causes, including hunting down Nazi war Criminals. Congressman Turner was among a few politicians who sent a letter to The Honorable Janos Adler, President of Republic of Hungary as well as the Prime Minister, The Honorable Viktor Orban urging them in the strongest possible terms to immediately bring to justice the notorious Nazi war criminal Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary. He was recently discovered living in Budapest. During World War II, Mr. Csizsik-Csatary was a commander in the Royal Hungarian Police. He was in charge of officers who guarded a Jewish ghetto in the town of Kassau (what is now Kocise, Slovakia). A true sadist, he showed extremely cruelty toward the Jews in Kassa. This cruelty included beating women with a whip, forcing people to dig ditches with their bare hands, and enforcing a policy of shooting those with the courage to try to escape. See http://votesmart.org/public-statement/725479/letter-to-the-honorable-janos-ader-president-of-the-republic-of-hungary-and-the-honorable-viktor-orban-prime-minister-of-republic-of-hungary#.UsHSB

Congressman Turner encouraged its citizens during tough situations by saying "New York city ahs always been adept at handling complex situations. The first step when dealing with a difficult situation, such as the one we are currently faced with, is to ensure that our priorities are in order. There is no doubt that right now our number one focus should be getting disaster relief to those who have been affected by this storm. The decision to cancel this weekend's marathon was the right thing to do. People around the world being shown the resilience of New Yorkers an the unity of this great country as we continue to come together and help one another recover and rebuild from this devastating hurricane. "

He also commended Israel for the manner in which it is going about defending its citizens and is calling on President Obama to back his statements of support. "I would like to commend Israel for showing restraint during the initial days of escalated attacks from Gaza. The increased missile strikes by Palestinian militants into the heart of Israel have put even more innocent citizens in d anger, and I support Israeli leadership's decision to defend them, " Turner said.

Following are some remarks from Congressman Bob Turner when he joined with his fellow New Yorkers and Americans in remembering all those lost during the 9/11 attacks."Today, we are a nation of one; one city that embodies a nation, one collective heart mourning the loss of many, one nation standing together to remember the lives and ideals of so many tragically lost at the hands of unwarranted terror. We cannot and will not ever forget all those who lost their lives on that fateful day. The mothers; fathers; brothers; sisters; husbands; wives; loved ones; friends; colleagues; and the brave first responders who came rushing to the scene to save countless lives amidst mayhem and confusion. However many years removed we have become from that day, none of us will ever forget the anxiety we felt as we tried to locate our loved ones, the shock we felt as we watched the towers fall, and the grief we shared after they came down. Today marks the anniversary of one of our darkest hours, but even from the depths of darkness, New Yorkers, our beloved city, and this great country picked ourselves up after the attack and came back stronger and more resilient than ever. We will never forget all those lost and carry them with us each and every day as we move forward."

Congressman Turner is currently Owner and Partner in a successful Hotel Business. He is on the Board of Directors of Liberty Imaging, Incorporated as well as the Readspeak Incorporated. He served as a Specialist in the United States Army from 1962-1965. Congressman Turner worked at the American Broadcasting Corporation-Television, as well as served as Director of Advertising at Bristol-Myers Company. Prior to that he was General Manager, at Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Cable, President at LBS Communications as well as President and Chief Executive Officer at Multimedia Entertainment. He was Founder of Orbis Communications as well as President and Chief Executive Officer at North American Television Operations, Pearson Public Limited Company. He is currently a Trustee at Achilles Track Club as well as a Trustee at Family Focus Adoption Services. He serves as a Board Member at Advertising Research Council and is a Member of Association of National Advertisers. Congressman Turner was the Co-Founder and Former President, Of Association of Syndicated Television Advertisers and is a Board Member of the National Association of Television Programming Executives.

Congressman Bob Turner received a letter from the Jewish Federation of North America lauding his efforts to ensure that security funding was included in legislation despite cuts to the 2012 Nonprofit Security Grant Program. "Religious institutions remain some of the biggest targets for violent terrorist actions at the hands of extremist organizations. Unfortunately, numerous agencies have reported that religious institutions within the United States and cities such as New York remain at the top of this list for these religiously motivated attacks," Turner said. "This past year, the United States slashed the budget for non-profit grants. Cuts to this type of funding deserve careful scrutiny, but in light of recent events and given the data from these agencies, the extensive nature of these cuts is unacceptable. It was a no-brainer decision to stand up for this funding to ensure the safety and security of Americans across the country who worship in and work for religious institutions." As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and numerous subcommittees pertaining to areas of interest regarding American and global security, Congressman Turner has pledged to continue to work to protect the funding for religious organizations within New York and across the U.S. Congressman Bob Turner represented New York's 9th Congressional district and served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security. See http://votesmart.org/candidate/public-statements/127071/bob-turner#.UsHS0NJDuE4

Congressman Turner graduated with a BA in history from Saint john's University. He won a Special Election to the US Congress in September 2011. Congressman Turner and his wife Peggy have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. http://teapartycheer.com/bios/mid-atlantic/new-york/bob-turner-ny-bio/

Rabbi Shlomo Braun is the Founder and Director of the Aleh Foundation located at 5317 13th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219. http://www.alehfoundationusa.org/about.html Please join the many supporters as we honor Congressman Turner as well as many noble individuals, including, DR. DAVID A STAFFENBERG OF NYU AT 2014 AWARDS DINNER AS PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR. See http://www.jewocity.com/blog/aleh-foundation-nominates-dr-david-a-staffenberg-of-nyu-at-2014-awards-dinner-as-physician-of-the-year/9963 For more information call 1-800-317-ALEH



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