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Start Date: 6/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/6/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Indianapolis, IN – Governor Mike Pence presented a Sagamore of the Wabash to Hart Hasten earlier this week at the annual Hasten Hebrew Academy Graduation and Tribute Dinner. 

“Hart Hasten has served as a pillar of Indianapolis and the Jewish community for decades,” said Governor Pence. “For his strength, perseverance and commitment to bettering the lives of those around him, as well as for his work representing Indiana on an international level, it is a privilege to present to this tremendous Hoosier leader one of Indiana’s highest honors, the Sagamore of the Wabash.”  

Born in Poland in the early 1930s, Hasten, a Holocaust survivor, and his wife Simona have called Indianapolis home since 1964. Hasten and his brother made a living as owners of convalescent centers, commercial real estate and commercial banks. In 1971, Hasten helped to found The Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis, where he served as president for 25 years and helped to revive Jewish religious education in central Indiana. 

A philanthropist at heart, Hasten has been involved in numerous roles throughout the community including serving as a member of the National Executive Committee and the Campaign Cabinet of the State of Israel Bonds, the Rotary Club International and the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem College of Technology. The Hastens also established the Indiana University Simona and Hart Hasten Visiting Fellows Program, allowing for some of the most renowned figures in the field of Jewish Studies to share their stories with students of the university. 

Hasten has received countless awards throughout his career, of the most notable are the Prime Minister’s Medal from the State of Israel and the Jabotinsky Medal, which he was selected to receive as one of only 100 Americans. 


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Marion County
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Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
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