On Thursday, June 1, 2023, the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation (AJCF) Allyship Award was presented to Archon John A. Catsimatidis at the AJCF’s Annual Gala on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, now a National Historic Landmark in New York City.
Archon John A. Catsimatidis of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City and Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in Southampton, NY has served over the years in a variety of volunteer positions in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, including Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council, Chair of the Archon Religious Freedom Committee, member of the National Council of the Order of Saint Andrew, board member and FOUNDER of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation, board member of Leadership 100 and a founder of Faith Endowment. He is the owner and CEO of Red Apple Group and 77 WABC radio. John A. Catsimatidis also serves on the Board of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund. He was invested as Archon in 1988 and conferred with the offikion Notarios.
Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, notes, that, “When you view this video, you will learn that the mother and grandparents of the beloved wife of Archon John, dear Margo, were prisoners of the horrific Gestapo World War II prison in Kraków, Poland who were ultimately rescued by Margo’s father, an intelligence officer of the US Army.”
He continues, “The awarding of the AJCF’s Allyship Award to Archon John A. Catsimatidis is a fitting recognition that Archon Catsimatidis is everything an Archon should be: a warrior for justice and religious freedom, a courageous advocate for the oppressed and downtrodden, and a firm friend of all people of faith both in the United States and throughout the world. Congratulations to Archon John! Axios!”
The Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation commemorates and preserves the Jewish heritage and history of Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Poland and educates about the Holocaust and the dangers of prejudice and hatred today. For over twenty years, the AJCF has stood firmly as a world-class educational institution against hatred. The AJCF’s educational programs seek to create Allies and Advocates for the future. Its mission currently includes providing crucial aid and educational programs to Ukrainian refugees displaced by the war.
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SOURCE; Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle