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Media Advisory: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to receive the Becket Fund’s highest honor at 19th Annual Canterbury Medal Dinner Featuring Dr. Russell Moore, Elder Todd D. Christofferson, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and the Little Sisters of the Poor

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

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Washington, D.C.Becket is pleased to announce Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as the recipient of the 19th annual Canterbury Medal for his committed defense of religious liberty.  A gala will be held in his honor on May 15, 2014, at the Pierre in New York City.

The Canterbury Medal is awarded to an individual who has “most resolutely refused to render to Caesar that which is God’s.” This year’s medalist, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, is an influential figure in the world religious community and a staunch advocate for Judaism and faith in general. He is a philosopher and public intellectual, having been awarded 16 honorary degrees and numerous international awards in recognition of his work. A prolific and respected author, Rabbi Sacks has published 25 books on Judaism, faith, and philosophy. His persistent defense for his faith makes him a most deserving recipient of this honor.  Every year the Dinner is well attended by the most distinguished religious leaders and defenders in the country and throughout the world.

Past Canterbury Medalists include Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Prison Fellowship founder the late Charles Colson, financier Foster Friess, Archbishop Charles Chaput and the former Ambassador to the Vatican, James R. Nicholson, among others. Medalists share a common devotion to liberty and freedom of conscience for people of all faiths.

Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 18 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law. The Becket Fund recently won a 9-0 victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”   

For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the attorneys, please contact Melinda Skea at or call 202.349.7224.