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NJ senator honored for service to Jewish community

Wednesday - 5/29/2013, 10:34pm  ET

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., smiles after the final votes before the Senate leaves for a five-week recess on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lautenberg was honored Wednesday, May 29, 2013 for his contributions to the Jewish community and Israel. The New Jersey Democrat was feted at New York’s Pierre Hotel at the annual gala for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus life. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

KATIE ZEZIMA
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- New Jersey's U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (LOW'-tuhn-burg) has been honored for his contributions to the Jewish community and Israel.

The Democrat was feted Wednesday in New York at the annual gala for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus life.

Lautenberg is the Senate's oldest member, at 89. He was absent from the ceremony because of a chest cold, but it was broadcast to his home.

His wife, Bonnie Lautenberg, accepted the organization's Renaissance Award, given each year to someone whose work has impacted Jewish life. She choked up when she took the stage and the crowd rose to its feet.

Frank Lautenberg was honored for contributions including the Lautenberg Amendment, which grants persecuted people refugee status in the United States. He announced in February he won't seek re-election next year.


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