2023 Humanitarian Awards


November 2, 2023  |   6 pm










Dessert Reception & Awards Presentation | 7:30 PM

Master of Ceremonies | David Ushery

We would like to thank

the following Elected Officials

& Diplomatic Representatives

for their support


— Evening Program —

Presentation of the Colors

FDNY Ceremonial Unit


Retired FDNY Lt. John Leary 

Cantor Chaim Dovid Berson, 

Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun


The Star-Spangled Banner

Invocation | Rabbi Deborah K. Bravo


Steve & Beth Dorfman | Event Co-Chairs


A Brief Video on the NYBR


Video Message from IDF Sgt Meital Wiederhorn


Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn

on solidarity with the State of Israel


— Presentation of Awards —


 H.E. Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop, Archdiocese of New York
Presentation of Humanitarian Award to

Rev. A.R. Bernard

David Paterson | Former Governor of NY
Presentation of Humanitarian Award to 

Keith Kantrowitz



— Humanitarian Awards Recipients—

Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard

A.R. Bernard is one of the most influential religious leaders, and transformative visionaries in the United States. He is the Founding Senior Pastor of Christian Cultural Center (CCC) in Brooklyn, NY, with a membership of more than 40,000, and campuses in Long Island, and Orlando, Florida as well as a virtual campus that reaches thousands across the country and around the world. Bernard enjoyed a successful career 10 year career in Finance before opening a small storefront church in 1978 in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Bernard is a preeminent thought leader in faith and culture and a is highly sought-after media contributor. He has made frequent appearances on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, BET, NY1, TBN, and Daystar TV.  Bernard embraces radio, TV, social media, and other communications platforms to share the message of Christ in culture. In March 2021, Bernard launched ARBtv—a digital platform that features diverse topics at the intersection of faith, culture, and media. As an author, Bernard shares transformative messages in his two books, Happiness Is… and Four Things Women Want from a Man.  


A lifelong civil rights activist, Bernard often collaborates with national and global faith leaders building solid partnerships that advocate for religious freedom and social justice. Bernard previously served as the president of the Council of Churches of the City of New York and is currently the president of the Commission of Religious Leaders of New York City (CORL), an organization representing all faith traditions.


Bernard holds a Master of Professional Studies and a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Wagner College and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary. Under Bernard’s leadership, the newly established New School of Biblical Theology at Christian Cultural Center offers master’s degrees and is in the process of obtaining full accreditation.


Bernard and his wife, Karen, are married over 50 years; they are the proud parents and grandparents of seven sons and 26 grandchildren, respectively.

Keith Kantrowitz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, received his degree in business administration from Baruch College.   Highly ambitious and motivated, Keith started out as a licensed real estate salesperson with Podolsky Real Estate and in 1980 transitioned into the private mortgage banking arena when he opened Power Express.  In 1984, Keith opened Champagne Video and in 1987 Power Express opened forty branches nationwide.

Over the years, Keith has owned more than three hundred residential and commercial properties as well as Manhattan retail stores and mortgage bank branches all over the country.  Keith’s vision and strategic leadership has fueled the company’s growth and sustainability for more than three decades. 


Keith is known as a driven entrepreneur, and an inspirational and approachable leader. He has helped countless individuals and businesses.  Keith is a passionate and caring family man, and his greatest achievement is being a father to his daughter, Melissa.  


In addition to his professional accomplishments, Keith is active in the community and donates his time and efforts to philanthropic causes.  He acts as Trustee at the Congregation Mt. Sinai in Brooklyn, New York.  Keith is an active member of the Advisory Board of Rabbis and sponsors many Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association functions.  He is also the sole sponsor of the Mayor’s Interfaith Annual Breakfast.  Keith also serves on the Board of the Mariano Rivera Foundation and is Trustee Chabad Saratoga Springs New York. 

2022 Humanitarian Awards

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