Artist Ben Schachter will receive the Emma Lazarus Award for his billboard submission to Combat Anti-Semitism. The award ceremony is on March 15th.
Emma Lazarus was a Sephardic Jewish activist in 19th Century America who advocated for a Jewish homeland and for persecuted Jews seeking refuge from anti-Semitism in Europe. She is best known for her poem “The New Colossus” – which transformed the Statue of Liberty from a gift from Europe into an icon of refuge for those fleeing persecution in Europe and beyond. The poem is now inscribed at the base of the statue.
Combat Anti-Semitism (CAS) is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending anti-Semitism. CAS supports and highlights the work of its many partner organizations and the efforts of governments and other bodies trying to fight anti-Semitism around the world.
A billboard offers a powerful way to reach the public with a message that quickly grabs individuals passing by. In very few words and with inventive images, ideas can be dramatically transmitted on a large canvas. Because they remain in public view for weeks, billboards reach diverse audiences and hundreds of thousands of new and repeat viewers.
Ben Schachter is also on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Art Salon