WORLD UNION for PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM (WUPJ)
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD DINNER
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD DINNER
May 29, 2019
Stanley and Marion Bergman & Leslie and Dee Bergman
The WUPJ is honored to announce that brothers Leslie and Stanley Bergman and their wives,
Dee and Marion, will be presented with the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s highest tribute,
the 2019 International Humanitarian Award at a dinner at The Pierre in New York City on May 29, 2019.
The World Union’s International Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals who have had a transformative impact on worldwide Progressive Judaism and social justice.
Leslie and Stanley were raised in an immigrant German Jewish family. Their parents were pioneers of the new Reform (Progressive) movement in South Africa. The family was deeply committed to Judaism, active in leadership positions in a very Zionist Jewish community, were politically liberal and above all, stressed compassionate values. Both boys honed their future leadership skills in a Zionist Youth Movement. This family environment gave them their moral compass for future leadership positions in business, the Jewish community and a wide variety of social causes. These values were subsequently transmitted to their families. Both Leslie and Stanley have also been uniquely dedicated to providing young people with educational support for their personal and career development – both to individuals and at the institutional level.
Leslie Bergman had a successful business career, leading the international consulting firm Accenture during difficult days in Apartheid South Africa where he employed the first Black management consultant. He started his active involvement in Progressive Judaism in Johannesburg where he rose to the senior national position in South Africa. A subsequent business assignment in 1990 to open offices in Eastern Europe led to contact with Jewish communities emerging from the decimation of fascism and communism and development of these communities became his focus. At the same time Leslie rose to senior positions in the WUPJ. Amongst many honors in the Progressive Jewish world he is Life President of the European Union for Progressive Judaism, Senior Patron of the Institute for the History of the Jews in Austria and a Senator of Abraham Geiger College.
Leslie is active in many non-profit organizations including Afrika Tikkun (child care in South Africa), Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Accenture Education Trust and Grey School Foundation. In 2008 the Republic of Austria awarded him the “Grand Cross for Services to the Republic of Austria” in recognition of business, cultural and Jewish community contributions.
Since 1989, Stanley Bergman has led Henry Schein Inc., the world’s largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners. Henry Schein is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility as a company that “does well by doing good,” and has been a FORTUNE’s “World’s Most Admired Company” for 18 consecutive years. Among many honors in the business world, Stanley was voted “CEO of the Year” in 2017 by Chief Executive Magazine, received the CR Magazine Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In Jewish leadership, Stanley has been active in the American Jewish Committee rising to President from 2013-2016. He is active in organizations promoting the role of business in making a positive difference in the world – in particular the World Economic Forum – where he serves as Co-Chair of the Healthcare Governors Board & the Stewardship Board for Economic Progress.
Stanley is Co-Founder of the India-Israel Forum and Co-Chair of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council. He is on the board of numerous universities in the U.S., Israel and South Africa, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, as well as an Honorary Fellowship from King’s College London. Stanley and Marion are active supporters of the arts, cultural diversity and grassroots healthcare in the developing world. Stanley is on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera.
Marion Bergman trained as a physician in South Africa and practiced Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care in Patchogue, New York for 33 years. She was active in mentoring medical students, particularly international students, and with her family provided financial support for South African health care professionals from underprivileged backgrounds. As an advocate for rural health and development in the developing world, Marion directs Global Healthcare projects for MCW Global, particularly in Tanzania. She serves on the health advisory boards of several universities and is a trustee of a number of non-profit boards including the Global Child Dental Fund and Physicians for Human Rights.
Marion is an active member of the AJC Board of Governors, chairing its Africa Institute and also the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Human Rights. She also serves as a Vice President of American Jewish World Service.
Dee Bergman was a Senior Partner in Accenture and currently has a range of non-executive director roles for both commercial and non-profit enterprises, as well as raising three teenagers. She has been a pro bono advisor to the UK Cabinet Office for the last three years on programs to improve efficiency in the public sector.
Dee’s Jewish leadership activities have included membership on the boards of West London Synagogue, Leo Baeck College and Jewish Child's Day. She is particularly interested in promoting reading skills for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and has engaged in activities in London and South Africa, the latter being in conjunction with their daughter's recent b’noth mitzvah social activity project.