Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (z”l) has designated part of a cash prize to the New Israel Fund (NIF) as one of several organizations which “mean the most to her.” The National Constitution Center awarded Justice Ginsburg the 2020 Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center on September 17, 2020, just one day before her death.
“Justice Ginsburg decided to divide the prize among the institutions and organizations that meant the most to her,” wrote Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center. “The donation is a meaningful testament to the esteem in which Justice Ginsburg held your work, as well as being a tribute to her blessed memory.”
“We are humbled and honored to be chosen by Justice Ginsburg of blessed memory,” said Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund. “As a patriot, a legal giant, and matriarch of our Jewish community, Justice Ginsburg continues to inspire generations of Americans to fight for justice and democracy based on equality for all people. These are exactly the values we hold most dear and which run throughout all of NIF’s work. We will do justice to her faith in us and in all those who are working toward a democratic and equal future for all Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans.”
According to the Center, the Liberty Medal “honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.” Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Kofi Annan, Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Spielberg, John Lewis, and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.A full list of past recipients can be found here.
The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, NIF has provided over $300 million to progressive civil society organizations in Israel since its inception in 1979.