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Sir Sigmund Sternberg KC*SG named as an Honorary Fellow of the Hebrew University

About 110 guests from all faiths, various embassies, the House of Lords, friends, relatives, BFHU Directors and more, came to the Ceremony of Conferment of Sir Sigmund Sternberg KC*SG as an Honorary Fellow of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Sir Sigmund Sternberg is a governor of the Hebrew University who, as a frequent visitor to its campuses, has shown a profound understanding of its mission to enhance knowledge within a spirit of openness, pluralism and tolerance. In 1997’ he established the Sir Sigmund Sternberg Prizes for interfaith Understanding which has enabled dozens of students to pursue their research in comparative religion and whose annual ceremony and accompanying lecture have become a welcome tradition of the academic year.


Throughout the years, Sir Sigmund Sternberg has devoted himself to public service in the Jewish and general communities, in particular interfaith relations and dialogue.

“I have lived with knowledge of and admiration for the Hebrew University all my adult life, and I am deeply honoured and most sincerely moved by the Honorary Fellowship you confer on me today”, said Sir Sigmund Sternberg and added, “I am immensely proud of the diverse ways the Sternberg Fund has been able to serve as a modest, but crucial, gateway between the academic study of religion at the Hebrew University and the world of religious faith and practice in Jerusalem and, more widely, throughout the land of  Israel”.

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