Mr. Jack Mahfar Receives the Medal of Distinction

J. Mahfar with Pres. Peres

Mr. Mahfar with President Peres at the awards ceremony.


Mr. Jack Mahfar, who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation,  was one of eight recipients, on January 30, 2014, of the highest civilian award given by the State of Israel—the President’s Medal, also called the Medal of Distinction.  President Shimon Peres bestowed the medals. 

Previous recipients of the medal have included President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, Henry Kissinger, and Elie Wiesel. (See the list in the Wikipedia entry, at

Mr. Mahfar received this Medal in recognition for his outstanding humanitarian services and his assistance to the State of Israel. As reported in the Jerusalem Post (

Mahfar, Iranian born Jewish businessman and philanthropist, lives in Geneva and is the only non-Israeli among the current crop of recipients. Mahfar ran a successful pharmaceutical business in Iran and has contributed substantially to educational, health and social welfare projects in Israel and other parts of the world.

See also the report in (, under February 2).

Encyclopædia Iranica congratulates him on receiving this distinction and wishes him further successes.