Hospitality Industry Veteran to Receive Jewish National Fund Award

Eric Danziger CEO Wyndham Hotel Group, hospitality industry veteran
Eric Danziger CEO Wyndham Hotel Group, hospitality industry veteran

On November 12, the Jewish National Fund will honor Eric A. Danziger, Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, with its Tree of Life Award. A longtime member of the hospitality industry, Danziger’s work history includes Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, DoubleTree Hotels, and the former Wyndham International.


Jewish National Fund to honor CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group at Annual Tree of Life award dinner

Actor and Comedian Paul Reiser to Serve as Emcee

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life™ Award Dinner at The Pierre Hotel on Monday, November 12, 2012. The event will honor Eric A. Danziger, Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, and feature master of ceremonies Paul Reiser. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 pm, and the program will begin at 7:00 pm.

Proceeds from the Tree of Life™ Dinner will benefit JNF’s work with Aleh Negev, a state-of-the -art rehabilitative village in Israel’s Negev Desert that provides people with severe cognitive and physical disabilities with high-level medical and therapeutic care to help them realize their full potential. Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, chairman of Aleh Negev, will receive the Guardian of Israel Award.

The Tree of Life™ Award is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life. Eric A. Danziger is a lodging industry veteran. He joined Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company, as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008 after serving in executive leadership roles for some of the world’s most well-known hospitality companies including Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, DoubleTree Hotels and the former Wyndham International. He has served as chairman of the American Hotel & Motel Association’s Strategic Planning Group and as a trustee of the American Hotel & Motel Federation.

Danziger holds an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where he is a distinguished visiting professor. He is a 2011 UJA-Federation of New York honoree, and recipient of numerous industry awards and honors, including the 2005 Northern California Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the category of real estate, hospitality and construction.

Major General (Res.) Doron Almog served in the IDF from 1969-2004. Key landmarks in his career include participating in the 1976 Entebbe Operation, commanding elite paratroopers during the first Lebanon War, airlifting more than 6,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel, and heading the Southern Command from 2000-2003. The focus of his voluntary activities is Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, which is named for the General’s son Eran, Aleh Negev’s first resident, who passed away in February 2007 of a rare illness.

A friend of JNF and Aleh Negev, Paul Reiser is a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian. He co-created and starred in the NBC series Mad About You, which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. He has also written three books: Couplehood, Babyhood and Familyhood. In November 2010, Reiser released the album Unusual Suspects with longtime friend, singer/songwriter Julia Fordham. Most recently, he wrote and starred in the semiautobiographical 2011 NBC comedy series The Paul Reiser Show. Reiser is generously donating his time for the Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.

The dinner will take place at The Pierre Hotel at 2 East 61st Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amy Penchansky at 212.879.9305 ext. 804 or [email protected] by October 29, 2012.

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit