POTOMAC, Md. (Dec. 30)
The John F. Kennedy Lodge of B’nai B’rith will honor President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Premier Menachem Begin of Israel for their efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. The ceremony, which will take place Jan. 8 at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Md., marks two firsts, a spokesman said. This is the first time the Lodge will present its “Profiles in Courage Award” to two non-Americans and it is also the first time that co-winners have been chosen.
The awards will be presented to Ambassador Ashrai Ghorbal of Egypt for Sadat, and to Ambassador Ephraim Evron of Israel for Begin. The keynote speaker will be Arthur Goldberg, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was a Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of Labor.
In reaching its decision, the Lodge’s selection committee felt that both Begin and Sadat demonstrated courage because they put their careers and lives on the line, a Lodge spokesman said. In doing so, both leaders exhibited strength of character, adherence to personal conviction and concern for mankind.