Stanford University Professor Emerita Dr. Carol Hutner Winograd, a Palo Alto activist and philanthropist, will receive the prestigious “Justice and Peace” award Sunday, given annually by J Street, a national organization that works for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Winograd, a professor of Medicine and Human Biology, is being honored with the Tzedek v’Shalom (Justice and Peace) award for her leadership in promoting a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians based on the establishment of a Palestinian state in the occupied territories – the so-called “two state solution.”
“Carol is an exceptional friend and colleague and we are so proud to honor her for all she has done in the service of Middle East peace,” said the group’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami. “Our movement owes her a huge debt.”
Sunday’s gala dinner, capping off J Street’s first-ever national summit on the West Coast, will also feature keynote addresses from Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Israeli parliament member Merav Michaeli.
A longtime member of J Street’s board of directors, Winograd has played an instrumental role in the organization’s work to build grassroots support for US peacemaking efforts.
Winograd has placed special emphasis on empowering women’s leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She co-founded the J Street Women’s Leadership Forum, an effort to amplify the voices of Israeli, Palestinian and American women working to achieve a two-state solution.
As a major political donor and member of the Women’s Donor Network, she has helped to strengthen J Street’s relationships with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and build its political action committee, JStreetPAC, which endorses candidates for political office.
In 2012, she co-led the first Women’s Congressional Delegation to Israel and the West Bank, sponsored by both the Women Donors Network and J Street.
Winograd said she was deeply moved to be recognized for her work.
“It has been a great privilege to be part of J Street," she said, "and I am enormously proud of the progress we have made in building the great constituency for peace.”
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), will join J Street in honoring her on Sunday, as will Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who congratulated Winograd on the floor of the House of Representatives last month.
Calling her “a trusted friend,” Eshoo praised Winograd as “an extraordinary woman who is devoted to her community, her country, to Israel and to peace and justice.”
In addition to J Street, Winograd has served in leadership roles in a number of organizations, including co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford Medical Center, the National Board of Abraham’s Vision, and the New Israel Fund International Council.
Dr. Winograd is also a member of the steering committee of the Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle of the Women Donor Network.
At Stanford, Winograd has spoken out against moves to divest from Israel, rebuking them as counterproductive to the cause of peace. “We need to marshal our impatience and rally together for the two-state solution – the only way forward that allows both sides to realize peace, security and their respective national aspirations,” wrote Winograd in 2013.
Winograd and her husband, Stanford Computer Science Professor Terry Winograd, have been married for over 46 years. They have two daughters and three grandsons.Dr. Winograd has been a faculty member at two medical schools, the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University, where she was the Clinical Director of the Geriatric Research and Education Center for 12 years. She co-authored the book Treatments for the Alzheimer Patient: The Long Haul and has done research and published articles on functional impairment in hospitalized elders, mobility, and geriatric assessment.
She has served on numerous scientific editorial boards, was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geriatrics Society and chaired its Public Policy Committee.