Jerusalem—Nefesh B’Nefesh is inviting the public to submit nominations for its newly launched Bonei Zion Prize (www.boneizion.org.il). The awards aim to formally recognize outstanding Anglo olim—veteran and recent—who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards developing the State of Israel. A prestigious panel of committee members will award $10,000 prizes in five categories: Science & Medicine, Education & Non-Profit, IDF & National Service, Entrepreneurship & Technology and Culture, Sports & Art.
To be eligible for nomination, candidates must have made aliyah from an English-speaking country (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, U.S.A. and Canada) and have made a significant impact on the State of Israel. The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, December 15th, 2013. Nomination forms are available for download at www.boneizion.nbn.org.il/nominate.
“Many English-speaking olim are accomplishing remarkable things in Israel, and it is important to recognize these contributions,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi YehoshuaFass. “We believe that accentuating the achievements of Western olim will be a catalyst to inspire others to make aliyah and help make a difference to our young country.”
The winners will be selected by a committee of distinguished individuals who are accomplished in their fields and announced on Sunday, January 12th, 2014. An award ceremony will take place in Jerusalem in February.
Among the selection comittee members are:
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Gabi Ashkenazi – Former Chief of Staff of the IDF
Colette Avital - Israeli diplomat and Former Minister of Knesset
Dr. Daniel Gordis - Senior Vice President of the Shalem Center
David Horowitz - Founding editor of The Times of Israel
Russel Robinson - CEO of the Jewish National Fund (JNF)