Nominations open for $10,000 prize recognizing top English-speaking Israeli immigrants
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Nominations open for $10,000 prize recognizing top English-speaking Israeli immigrants

(JTA) — Nominations have opened for a prize recognizing outstanding Israeli immigrants from English-speaking countries.

The Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizes “contributions made by younger Olim who represent the future of the State of Israel as well as those who have dedicated their lives to properly represent the State of Israel on the international stage,” according to the announcement this week by Nefesh B’Nefesh.

The nonprofit aliyah organization established the prize to recognize “extraordinary English-speaking olim [immigrants] who are making a major impact on developing the State of Israel.”

Eligible candidates must have made aliyah from an English-speaking country, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

A panel of committee members will award $10,000 prizes in six categories: community and nonprofit; culture, sports and arts; education; science and medicine; Israel advocacy; and young leadership.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31; the winners will be announced on May 7. Nominations may be submitted at www.boneizion.org.il/nominate.

Last year’s winners included Staff Sgt. Sahar Elbaz, a lone soldier who shot four attackers and saved his unit when it came under attack in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in 2014; Barbara Levin, founder of the pluralist Tali school system, and Scott Tobin, general partner at Battery Ventures, leading investments in Israel, the United States and Europe as a world’s top venture capitalist.