A Tribute To Clement Soffer For Receiving the Distinguished
International Service Award From Yeshiva University
April 28, 1993, Vol. 139, No 56, Folio E107
"TRIBUTE TO CLEMENT SOFFER FOR RECEIVING THE DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AWARD FROM YESHIVA UNIVERSITY -- HON. GARY L. ACKERMAN (Extension of Remarks - April 28, 1993) [Page: E1071] ---
HON. GARY L. ACKERMAN in the House of Representatives WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 28, 1993 l Mr. ACKERMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the
outstanding achievements of Mr. Clement Soffer, this year's recipient
of the Distinguished International Award which will be bestowed by
Yeshiva University on the 18th of May.
- The award will be presented at Yeshiva University's annual dinner,
hosted by the Sephardic Council of Overseers. l Yeshiva University
president, Dr. Norman Lamm, will present this prestigious honor to Mr.
Soffer, in recognition of his invaluable help to secure the exit of
2,600 Jews from Syria. Mr. Soffer is vice president of the Council for
the Rescue of Syrian Jews. His valiant and selfless efforts should truly
be commended and fulfills one of the most important mitzvot in the
Torah, pidyon sh'vi'im, the redemption of captives.
- In addition, Mr. Soffer performed an invaluable role in saving
numerous Jewish cemeteries from being desecrated. His active efforts to
halt the destruction of these cemeteries display the undying love and
respect he has for his ancestors. The memorial cemeteries are located in
Cario, Egypt; Pinsk, Belarus; Faro, Portgual; Hamburg, Germany; and
- Mr. Soffer's overwhelming devotion to and love of his community are
displayed in the myriad responsibilities he has undertaken. He is
intimately involved in many facets of Sephardic life. He is a founding
member of the Sephardic Council of Overseers, and serves on the board of
the American Sephardic Federation, the executive board of International
Sephardic Education Foundation, and is president of Chabad Congregation
of Port Washington, NY. Mr. Soffer also serves on the board of Or-Yosef
Yeshiva and the executive board of Tzedakah Umarpe.
- l Mr. Speaker, I would also like to acknowledge two other special
award recipients at the Yeshiva University dinner. Rabbi Norman Lamm
will present the Distinguished Humanitarian Award to Mr. Elie Tahari,
and the Advancement of Higher Education for Sephardim Award will be
conferred on Mrs. Nina Weiner. All three honorees have been an
inspiration to the council, and have dedicated their lives to serving
the Sephardic people and klal Yisroel.
- Honorary chairman of the dinner is the Haham, Dr. Solomon Gaon,
director of the university's Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic
Studies. Honorary cochairpersons are Dr. Joseph Ades; Anna Elyachar;
Ebrahim Eshaghian; Leon Levy; Aghajan Nassimi; the Safra family; Jay
Schottenstein; and Ronald P. Stanton. The chief rabbi of the Syrian
Sephardic community, Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, is rabbinic chairman of the
- The Sephardic Council, which was established in 1991, is a
leadership body of prominent Sephardim that supports the broad spectrum
of Sephardic academic, cultural, and service programs at Yeshiva
University. The council's remarkable work to raise money to provide
scholarship assistance to many of its more than 300 Sephardic students
is exemplary. The wonderful mitzvot performed by the council would not
have been possible if it were not for people such as Clement Soffer
- Mr. Speaker, Mr. Soffer is an extraordinary person, and serves as an
impeccable role model. I would like to applaud the noble efforts of
Clement Soffer and the entire Sephardic Council. "
and other Records in PDF.
Born in Egypt, and presently reside in Florida, Mr. Clement Soffer was president of Jou Jou Designs Inc one of the premier junior sportswear firms in the country, from 1979 to 1999.
He was elected to the co-op board, as Chairman of the Building Committee of the 380 unit building at 200 Central Park South, NYC, his latest residence.
Clement is profoundly committed to Turnberry Tower, as exemplified by his newest dedication to the neighborhood, the creation and development of Temple Beit Jacob Safra Congregation.
Clement is an owner in Turnberry Tower for 13 years.
President Clinton letter to Clement Soffer 014.pdf
Clement honors received 015.pdf
Mr. Clement Soffer served as vice-president of the HSJE.