Cedar, Hebrew U. professor awarded for promoting Jewish unity


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Award-winning Israeli film director Joseph Cedar and Hebrew University professor Yehezkel Dror were recognized for their work in promoting global Jewish unity.

Cedar, whose film "Beaufort" was nominated for best foreign film at the 2008 Oscars, and Dror, professor emeritus of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one of the world’s leading analysts in policy planning and management, were awarded the 2011 NADAV Jewish Peoplehood Award at a ceremony Oct. 23 in Jaffa.

The award, presented by businessman and philanthropist Leonid Nevzlin, founder of the NADAV Foundation, was given to Cedar for his “enhancing Jewish pride and strengthening Jewish identity, particularly within the young generation,” and to Dror for his “life’s work to promote Jewish leadership in Israel and around the world.”

The NADAV Foundation works to support initiatives that advance an understanding of Jewish peoplehood, build Jewish collective identity and create lasting connections among the world’s Jews.

Last year the recipients of the NADAV award were Angelica Berrie, president of the Russell Berrie Foundation and chairman of the Hartman Institute in North America, for her contribution in raising new and pluralistic voices within the Jewish tradition and promoting dialogue among Jews of different backgrounds, and the Latma Group for the video “We Con The World” following the 2010 flotilla incident. The video garnered more than 2 million views on YouTube.

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