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2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize Awarded to Eight Outstanding Anglo Olim

(Courtesy of NBN) Nefesh B’Nefesh held its annual Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Prize ceremony ( www.boneizion.org.il ) to honor the English-speaking olim who have made a notable impact on Israeli society. The event was held at the Beit Ha’Am cultural center in Jerusalem with 500 people in attendance, including co-founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, and Margaret Adams, who represented the Adams family, who are the prize benefactors.

The honorees include: Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, president of The Schechter Institutes, Inc. and president emeritus of The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, in the field of Education; Prof. Arthur I. Eidelman, founder of the Department of Neonatology at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in the field of Science and Medicine; Pamela and Aba Claman, co-founders of Thank Israeli Soldiers, in the field of Community and Non-Profit; Prof. Morris Hartstein, founding director of Operation Ethiopia, in the field of Global Impact; and Prof. Harry Ben Zion Brand, architect and founder of the Israeli Planners Association, in the field of Culture, Art and Sports. In addition, the Young Leadership Prize was awarded to Asher Fredman, director for Israel at the Abraham Accords Peace Institute, for his exemplary dedication and accomplishments as a young leader in Israel.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Naomi Tsur, founder and chair of the Jerusalem Green Fund and the Israel Urban Forum, for her exemplary work over multiple decades in promoting sustainability in Israel and throughout the world.

In addition, Minister of Aliyah and Integration, MK Pnina Tamano-Shata, received a special recognition award for her outstanding efforts and unwavering support for the entire olim community during her tenure as minister as well as throughout her public life to date.

“This is the ninth year of the Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize, recognizing the tremendous contributions that olim bring with them to Israel in a variety of fields,” said Tamano-Shata. “The new olim are the fuel for our national growth, and each one brings a unique story that adds light to the Israeli landscape. Together with Nefesh B’Nefesh, I cherish the olim who come here, enhance its development, and continue to strengthen the Land of Israel as the home of the Jewish people. I would also like to thank co-founders of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, dear philanthropist Mr. Sylvan Adams, and all the partners of the Bonei Zion award for their extensive work in supporting aliyah and the State of Israel.”

Adams, a longtime benefactor of the Bonei Zion Prize, spoke about his admiration for the Bonei Zion recipients. “These extraordinary individuals serve as leaders in their local communities, in the State of Israel, and in the worldwide Jewish community. The contributions they have made in their respective fields are truly inspiring, and it is my honor to give them the recognition they deserve. I am confident that current and future olim will continue making a positive impact on the Jewish state and the world.”

The 2022 recipients were chosen by a distinguished panel of committee members and represent excellence achieved in a variety of fields, including: education; science and medicine; community and non-profit; global impact; culture, art and sports; lifetime achievement; and young leadership.

“There is no better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nefesh B’Nefesh than by recognizing the incredible olim who are continuously building the Jewish state,” said Gelbart. “The Bonei Zion recipients, and all of our olim, are perfect examples of how the Zionist dream is thriving. These inspiring individuals serve as an excellent source of motivation to continue our work in facilitating aliyah, advocating for olim, educating Jewish people around the world, and celebrating the incredible successes that the olim are continuing to achieve.”

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