Michael Federmann will receive the award during a dinner reception on Nov. 8 at the Dan Hotel in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Since 1969 Michael Federmann has held different managerial positions in the Federmann Group. He serves as Chairman & CEO of Federmann Enterprises, as Chairman of the Board of Elbit Systems and as Chairman of the Board of the Dan Hotels.
Dan Hotels was founded in 1947, when two brothers, Yekutiel (Michael Federmann's father) and Shmuel Federmann bought the Kaete Dan, a guest house located on the Tel-Aviv shoreline. Now in its 70th anniversary, Dan Hotels encompasses 14 hotels and as Chairman of the Board, Michael Federmann oversees more than 3,600 employees. The King David Jerusalem is the Chain's most prestigious hotel, accommodating world leaders and recently hosted U.S. President Donald J. Trump during his visit to Israel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. The Dan Hotels have just opened their first 230 room hotel in Bangalore, India.
Since 2000 Michael Federmann has served as Chairman of Elbit Systems Ltd. Elbit Systems is a leading international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company operates in the areas of aerospace, commercial aviation solutions, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), homeland security applications, unmanned aircraft and naval systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, electronic warfare (EW) suites, airborne warning systems, electronic intelligence systems, data links, artillery systems, cyber security solutions, military communications systems and radios. The Company employs more than 12,500 people worldwide, with 16 sites in Israel as well as a variety of local entities to support and engage with clients both home and abroad. The Company's annual revenue in 2016 was U.S. $3.26 billion and the Federmann Group is the major shareholder.
Michael Federmann serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Hebrew University, since 2009. In 1996 he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Hebrew University.
"B'nai B'rith International is proud to recognize Michael Federmann with the 2017 Distinguished Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts with The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Haifa University and The Weizmann Institute of Science," B'nai B'rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
Michael Federmann has received the following illustrious honors: Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Commandeur de l'Ordre Nationale de la Republique de Cote d'Ivoire and the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony.
"We are thrilled that our 2017 Distinguished Humanitarian Award is going to Michael Federmann. Holding this event in Israel allows us to showcase his charitable work in his native country and show our supporters the impact he has made on Israeli society and beyond," B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
Starting in 1888 B'nai B'rith began its presence in pre-state Israel with the creation of the Jerusalem Lodge.
The lodge began laying the foundation for the cultural, economic and social rebirth of the Jewish nation and the State of Israel. Another milestone was reached in 1980, with the establishment of the B'nai B'rith World Center-Jerusalem. The World Center is our connection to a wide range of Israeli governmental, academic and cultural institutions. The center promotes strong Israel-Diaspora relations. It is the voice of the B'nai B'rith community to the Israeli government, national institutions and the non-governmental organization (NGO) community in Israel. The World Center also sponsors community service work, cultural programs and interchange.
B'nai B'rith International Distinguished Humanitarian Award highlights the outstanding work of individuals across the globe who set the standards for community involvement and bettering the lives of people throughout the world. Recipients of the Distinguished Humanitarian Awards have each shown a history of dedicated leadership through a commitment to the communities they serve.