A renowned retired California rabbi, Rabbi Steven Jacobs has assisted several humanitarian groups such as the Progressive Faith Foundation and the Black-Jewish Coalition. In 2001, Rabbi Steven Jacobs received the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award for his achievements in interfaith dialogue, labor rights, and racial justice.
Given by the Interfaith Alliance every year, the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award celebrates individuals who encourage democratic values and civic participation. The honor was created in 1998 and named after veteran news personality Walter Cronkite, who also served as the organization’s honorary chairman before passing away in 2009. Those who have won the award demonstrate qualities of tolerance, diversity, and cooperation, teach about controversial issues, and stand up for the rights of others.
Over the past 15 years, numerous notable personalities have received the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. The first recipient was Cronkite himself, bestowed for his energetic discussion of the political use of religion. Since then, it has gone to the likes of George Clooney, Tom Brokaw, Larry King, and Judy Shepard. In 2012, the accolade was bestowed upon Mitchell Gold for his accomplishments in the LGBT community.