This year's Awards Gala will take place Sunday, March 17, 2019. Warren Hall. .
A reception at 5:00pm will follow with a special guest speaker. The event will conclude by 8:00pm.
All contest participants will receive an invitation to the Awards Gala.
The contest winner will give their winning sermon at the Gala, so they should bring all the material they need to give the sermon to the Gala. The winner will not know who they are until the public announcement at the Gala, so all contestants should be prepare to give their sermon.
First Prize: $1800 and private tour of The Explorer’s Club in New York City
Second Prize: Cornell gift item and private tour of The Explorer’s Club in New York City
Third Prize: Cornell gift item
more info. coming!
Previous Awards and Honorees
2014: in tribute to Hon. Raymond ("Ray") Reisler '27
Grand Prize: Kirat Singh, A&S '14
2nd Place: Joshua Polevoy, ILR ’14
3rd Place: Christine Yu, ILR ’14
Rabbi David Saperstein ‘67, Director, Religious Action Center Reform Judaism
& son of Harold I. Saperstein ‘31
Brian Earle ‘67, Professor Emeritus, Communication CALS
Andrew Ahitow, Supreme Prior, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, CHC, USM
Chief Chaplain of US Marine Corps. and the first female chaplain to hold this post.
Alan H. Nichols, JD, DS, President of the Explorers Club
A noted explorer in Tibet, China and the world’s sacred mountains, Mr. Nichols spoke on the theme of “Justice in Exploration”.
Hon. Katrina Lantos-Swett, Vice Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, as well as the Founder and President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Dr. Lantos-Swett spoke about religious freedom.
Dr. Tevi Troy, ‘89, A top Washington insider and Presidential historian, Dr. Tevi Troy ‘89 elaborated on a recent Wall Street Journal article, showing how Abraham Lincoln’s diligent reading of the bible informed the Gettysburg Address.
Dr. Raymond Reisler ‘68, MA ‘70, Ed.D
Son of Ray Reisler ‘27 & former Executive Director of the S. Mark Taper Foundation
2013: in tribute to Hon. Sol M. Linowitz, J.D. '38
Grand Prize: Darrick Evensen, PhDc
Darrick Evensen's winning sermon applied halakhic inspiration to the contemporary hydraulic fracturing controversy.
Invited Speaker: David Schribman
Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2012: in tribute to Milton R. Konvitz
Read full coverage in the The Jewish Week.
Grand Prize: Sarah Victor (ILR '13)
Sarah Victor's winning sermon related the dedication of America's founders to the biblical heroine Esther, seamlessly integrating contest themes.
Invited Speaker: Dr. Alfred C. Snider
Dr. Snider spoke about sermons as an example of replacing weapons with words.
2011: in tribute to Harold I. Saperstein '31
Grand Prize: Matthew Scheff (ENG '12)
Matthew Scheff delivered his sermon on the concept of love in holy scripture and the Jewish tradition, centered on a reading from Shir Hashirim, also known as Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon.