‘Hero of Israel’ Fetterman to be honored by NY university

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) will be honored by Yeshiva University on Wednesday, receiving the private Orthodox Jewish university’s highest honor for his service and global leadership.

Proclaiming him as a “Hero of Israel,” the university announced in a press release that Fetterman will be awarded the “Presidential Medallion” during the institution’s 93rd annual commencement ceremony.

“During these challenging times, the leadership, service, and moral clarity of this American patriot and hero of Israel have been a beacon of hope and strength for the country and the world,” the school said in the release.

“Like Senator Fetterman, the Yeshiva University community has been deeply engaged in the post-October 7th battle against antisemitism, and in the pursuit of justice for the victims and the hostages still in captivity,” the release added. “This year in particular, given Senator Fetterman’s career of activism on behalf of the United States and Israel, Yeshiva University highlights his stellar example of strength and leadership.”

More than 1,700 students will graduate this week at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens, New York City, and at least 5,000 people are expected to attend.

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, the president of Yeshiva University, released a statement praising Fetterman for his “moral clarity.”

“Senator Fetterman is one of the true heroes of our time for his unwavering and courageous commitment to moral clarity, which has fortified our community and been a clarion call for our country,” Berman said.

“At this critical moment in Jewish and American history, our commencement exercises mark not just an enormous accomplishment for our students, but also for the global community,” the rabbi continued. “During this dark period of rampant antisemitism and polarization across college campuses, Yeshiva University students stand out for their academic excellence, character and commitment to service.”

Fetterman responded in a statement of his own, saying he was humbled by the award.

“It is truly humbling to be invited to share in this milestone with the graduates of Yeshiva University,” the senator said in a statement. “As we gather to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class, we must also acknowledge the profound significance of their journey within the context of the recent surge in antisemitism across the country.”

“I thank Yeshiva University for the opportunity to join these students on this momentous day,” he added.

Tom Tillison


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