Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ken Blackwell's Jewish Bio

J. Kenneth Blackwell

Candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2006

Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has demonstrated a deep commitment to the Jewish community and the State of Israel throughout his professional career:

  • Current member of the advisory board of Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
  • Numerous recognitions and awards citing his strong support for the State of Israel as Ohio’s state treasurer from 1994 to 1998, including the State of Israel Bonds Builders of Freedom Award, the Jerusalem 3000 Award, and the In Friendship recognition medallion.
  • In 1996, participated in the March for the Living in Poland.
  • In 1995, awarded the Gate of Zion award by La Société of Jerusalem for outstanding service in the cause of Israel’s absorbing and housing immigrants.
  • In 1994, Blackwell and his wife, Rosa, received the Peace of the City Award from the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council in recognition of their many years of service to the community.
  • As U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Blackwell helped repeal the Zionism is Racism General Assembly resolution, alongside John Bolton.
  • In the 1980’s, during his tenure as vice president at his alma mater, Xavier University, Ken served on Teddy Kollek’s Jerusalem Committee, an international group of advisors to the mayor of Jerusalem.
  • In 1980, Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek proclaimed then Cincinnati Mayor Blackwell a Jerusalem Pilgrim.

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