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Dr. Miriam Adelson one of seven to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

She earned the United States’ highest civilian honor in part for her stalwart support for the State of Israel and numerous Jewish causes.

Philanthropist Dr. Miriam Adelson poses with U.S. President Donald Trump after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House on Nov. 16, 2018. Credit: Jackson Richman/JNS.
Philanthropist Dr. Miriam Adelson poses with U.S. President Donald Trump after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House on Nov. 16, 2018. Credit: Jackson Richman/JNS.

Doctor and philanthropist Miriam Adelson was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the United States’ highest civilian honor on Friday for her medical career, in addition to her stalwart support for the State of Israel and numerous Jewish causes.

“To protect the sacred heritage of the Jewish faith, Miriam and [her husband] Sheldon have supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations and helped Jewish Americans visit the Holy Land,” said U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Adelsons donated $30 million towards the president’s 2016 campaign effort. They gave $100 million for Republican campaigns in the 2018 midterms.

Also honored were Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is retiring at the end of the year as one of the nation’s longest-serving senators; NFL legends Roger Staubach and Alan Page, who served on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Posthumously awarded the medal were former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; baseball icon George Herman “Babe” Ruth; and Elvis Presley, better known as “The King of Rock and Roll.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Maureen Scalia (wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) and Dr. Miriam Adelson after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Nov. 16, 2018. Credit: Jackson Richman/JNS.

(Editorial Disclosure: Miriam and Sheldon Adelson are financial supporters of JNS.)

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