Nominations open for NBN Bonei Zion Prize for outstanding immigrants


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nominations have opened for a prize recognizing Israel’s outstanding immigrants from English-speaking countries.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize was established by the aliyah organization to recognize “outstanding Anglo olim — veteran and recent — who embody the spirit of modern-day Zionism by significantly contributing to developing the State of Israel,” according to Nefesh B’Nefesh.

A panel of committee members will award $10,000 prizes in six categories: Science & Medicine; Education; Community & Non-Profit; Young Leadership in the IDF & National Service; Entrepreneurship & Technology; and in Arts, Culture & Sports.

Nominations for the prize will be accepted through Dec. 15. Winners will be announced on Feb. 25, 2015.

The panel of judges includes Colette Avital, Israeli diplomat; David Gerstein, internationally renowned painter and sculptor; Barbara Goldstein, deputy executive director, Hadassah, Israel; Prof. Yonatan Halevy, director general, Shaare Zedek Medical Center; Steve Linde, editor-in-chief, The Jerusalem Post; Prof. Gabriela Shalev, president of the Higher Academic Council and Dean of the Law School, Ono Academic College; Rabbi Berel Wein, founder and director, The Destiny Foundation; and Yael Arad, the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal.


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