The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Fund held a gala dinner on October 15th, 2013 to celebrate five decades of leadership and achievement, honoring past Conference chairs whose vision, dedication, and skilled diplomacy elevated the Conference of Presidents to the forefront of American Jewish life over the past two decades. The gala was held at The Waldorf=Astoria New York. President George W. Bush closed out the evening with a surprise keynote address.
The Honorable Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, addressed the gala, which was attended by 1,200 distinguished guests including many Ambassadors, officials, and guests from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, and prominent personalities from every sector of American Society. The UN Secretary General announced his plan to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in the near future.
The program opened with video messages from President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that stressed the importance of the Conference of Presidents in both national and international affairs.