web analytics
January 30, 2015 / 10 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Inaugural ‘Bonei Zion’ Prize Awarded in Knesset Ceremony

Hosted by Speaker of the Knesset, MK Edelstein, the prize, awarded by Nefesh B’Nefesh was given to seven Olim from English-speaking countries who have contributed to the State of Israel in a significant way.
Rebbanit and Rav Bina. Rabbanit Malka Bina was one of the winners of the Bonei Tzion Award.

Rebbanit and Rav Bina. Rabbanit Malka Bina was one of the winners of the Bonei Tzion Award.
Photo Credit: Stephen Leavitt

Jerusalem, Israel, May 15 – The 2014 Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prizes were awarded today at an official ceremony in the Knesset, hosted by the Speaker of the Knesset MK Yuli (Yoel) Edelstien. Nefesh B’Nefesh works in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF USA to assist Olim from North America and the UK with their Aliyah.

The recipients of the Prize were: Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel; Rabbanit Malke Bina, Founder and Chancellor of “Matan”; Yosef Abramowitz, CEO and Co-Founder of Energiya Global Capital and Co-Founder of the Arava Power Company; Professor Jeffrey Hausdorff of Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; Yaakov Kirschen, Creator of “Dry Bones”; and Lt. Nira Lee, Head of Hasbara at the headquarters of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Each of the winners was awarded a $10,000 prize. A special lifetime achievement prize was awarded to Professor Shimon Glick, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Yosef Abramowitz, Professor Shimon Glick, Yaakov Kirschen, Lt. Nira Lee, Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli (Yoel) Edelstien, Joseph Gitler, Jeffrey Hausdorff, Rabbanit Malke Bina, Nefesh B’Nefesh Founder and Chairman, Tony Gelbart, and Nefesh B’Nefesh Vice Chairman, Erez Halfon. Photo by: Shahar Azran

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Yosef Abramowitz, Professor Shimon Glick, Yaakov Kirschen, Lt. Nira Lee, Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli (Yoel) Edelstien, Joseph Gitler, Jeffrey Hausdorff, Rabbanit Malke Bina, Nefesh B’Nefesh Founder and Chairman, Tony Gelbart, and Nefesh B’Nefesh Vice Chairman, Erez Halfon.
Photo by: Shahar Azran

Hundreds of Olim from English-speaking countries – including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and USA – were nominated for the prize. The prize recipients were chosen by a prestigious panel of committee members in the following categories: Science & Medicine; Education; Community & Non-Profit; Entrepreneurship & Technology; Culture, Sports & Art; and IDF & National Service Young Leadership.

“Since its establishment, the State of Israel has absorbed millions of immigrants from numerous countries, immigrants who speak various languages and have rich cultural background. Nowadays, it is impossible to imagine Israeli society without the involvement of the new Olim in every possible sphere,” said Edelstein. “The Knesset is proud to host the award ceremony for this noteworthy prize, which I hope will become a traditional reward for Olim who excel in their contribution to the State of Israel and its society.”

“We are honored to be holding the inaugural Bonei Zion award ceremony in the Knesset,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “Aliyah from English-speaking countries has contributed significantly to Israeli society and the State of Israel, and this prize represents a formal recognition of its impact. We hope that highlighting the achievements of Anglo Olim who are helping to make a difference to our homeland, will serve as a catalyst to inspire others to make Aliyah.”

Below are details about the 2014 Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recipients:

  •  Community and Non-Profit: Joseph Gitler (USA, 2000), Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel, a national food bank which has made a profound impact on the State of Israel and its residents by collecting food soon to be discarded from farmers, manufacturers and caterers and distributes them to the needy. Through Gitler’s vision, Leket Israel provides food for over 140,000 people weekly.
  • Education: Rabbanit Malke Bina (USA, 1971), Founder and Chancellor of “Matan”, a revolutionary women’s learning center in Israel. Bina was one of the first educators in Israel to teach female students Talmud and Halacha (Jewish law), imbuing them with Zionism and a love for Torah learning. Bina helped revolutionize Israeli society’s views on women’s status and top level Jewish studies for women. As a result tens of thousands of women have been trained to become scholars and leaders in their communities.
  • Entrepreneurship and Technology: Yosef Abramowitz (USA, 2006), CEO and Co-Founder of Energiya Global Capital and Co-Founder of the Arava Power Company, is a Nobel Prize-nominated educator and activist-turned-solar energy entrepreneur as well as founding father of Israel’s $10 billion solar market. He is Israel’s premier solar energy pioneer, who continues to develop Israel’s solar power market while also exporting his values of clean energy. He embodies positive and powerful Hasbara as he showcases Israel through his renewable energy development for the betterment of the world.
  • Science and Medicine: Professor Jeffrey Hausdorff (USA, 2000), Professor at Tel Aviv University and Director of the Neurodynamics and Gait Research Laboratory at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Since leaving his faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School in 2000 to make Aliyah, Professor Hausdorff has made remarkable contributions to research in Neuroscience and Aging in Israel and worldwide, and established the Neurodynamics and Gait Research Laboratory at the Tel Aviv Medical Center. The internationally renowned team that he directs conducts pioneering and award-winning clinical and translational research in mobility, cognitive function, fall risk, and quality of life. His cutting-edge findings have been advancing science and medicine throughout the world, spreading the good name of Israel with them.
  • Culture, Sports and Arts: Yaakov Kirschen (USA, 1972), Creator of “Dry Bones”. Since its inception in the Jerusalem Post in 1973, Kirschen’s beloved comic strip “Dry Bones” has provided a quintessentially Zionist, satirical and unique view of Israel to the world. Kirschen’s work speaks to Anglo Jews around the globe and has spread a deeper and stronger feeling for Israel and Zionism.
  • IDF and National Service Young Leadership: Lt. Nira Lee (USA, 2010), Head of Hasbara at the headquarters of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Lt. Lee, an Arizona native, has been serving in the IDF for the past three years. In her previous position as assistant foreign liaison officer to international organizations in Gaza, she was charged with ensuring that international humanitarian aid makes it to the Palestinian civilians in Gaza and overseeing the movement of international organizations inside the buffer zone and the commercial visits to the Israel-Gaza border. Her outstanding service during Operation Pillar of Defense earned her the prestigious President’s Citation of Excellence in 2013. Her dedication and determination were noted by all those around her.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Professor Shimon Glick (USA, 1974), Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben Gurion University. A lifetime achievement award was also bestowed on Professor Shimon Glick who made Aliyah after leaving a successful career in the USA to help found Ben Gurion University’s Faculty of Medicine. He specializes in endocrinology research and treatment and is a world leader in the teaching and practice of medical humanism and medical ethics. He also developed the curriculum in medical ethics at BGU. Prof. Glick continues to serve as a role model for students worldwide as he continues to be extremely active in his 80′s.

The selection committee members include:

  • Lieutenant General (Ret.) Gabi Ashkenazi – Former Chief of Staff of the IDF
  • Colette Avital – Israeli diplomat and Former Minister of Knesset
  • Ambassador Yehuda Avner – Author and former diplomat and prime ministerial advisor.
  • Dr. David Breakstone – Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization
  • Michael Eisenberg – Partner at Aleph venture capital fund and General Partner at Benchmark Capital
  • Rabbi Paul Freedman – USCJ Director Israel Strategic Partnerships
  • David Gerstein – Internationally renowned painter and sculptor.
  • Barbara Goldstein – Deputy Executive Director of Hadassah, Israel
  • Vera Golovensky – Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Executive Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Professor Jonathan Halevy – Director General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center
  • David Horovitz – Founding editor of The Times of Israel
  • Russell Robinson – CEO of the Jewish National Fund (JNF)
  • Gabriella Shalev – Former Ambassador to the UN, and President of the Higher Academic Council and Dean of the Law School at Ono Academic College
  • Dr. Chaim Waxman – Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace.
  • Rabbi Berel Wein – Founder & director of The Destiny Foundation

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Inaugural ‘Bonei Zion’ Prize Awarded in Knesset Ceremony”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Photo of Al Qaeda founder and former leader, Osama Bin Laden, seen above a Palestinian Authority flag.
Shin Bet Sting Nabs Israeli Arabs Joining Al Qaeda, ISIS
Latest News Stories
Photo of Al Qaeda founder and former leader, Osama Bin Laden, seen above a Palestinian Authority flag.

A Shin Bet sting nabs Arab Israelis after returning from Syria where they join Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked terror groups — a whole group this month.

Israeli election workers count remaining ballots from soldiers and absentees at the Knesset in Jerusalem

That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Explosion in El-Arish, in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, Jan. 29, 2015.

Simultaneous explosions in Egypt killed and wounded dozens Thursday night.

Undecided voters may be the only one who might change the poll results.

National religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.

ISIS threatens to behead Obama, turn the U.S. into a Muslim province, and destroy France and Belgium.

Locked in Auschwitz, their cries for assistance were not heard, so they escaped through an open window, setting off an alarm.

Hezbollah is a terrorist group and terrorist party, but most and worst of all, it is a huge and powerful army.

Lieberman’s issues a disproportionate response to polls that show his party will barely squeeze into the Knesset.

Boehner criticized President Obama for failing to take the threat of terrorism and the Iranian nuclear threat seriously.

US Treasury Secy Jack Lew contends that French Jews really want to stay in France. They just want to be safe too.

It is also still not clear whether the main issue of the election will be security or economics.

El-Sisi has embarked on an ambitious plan to destroy Hamas’s tunnel infrastructure underneath the Egyptian-Gaza border.

Israeli food makers are getting nervous about Israeli taste buds being Americanized.

Now the Secret Service needs a device to disable drunken government workers who fly drones at 1600 Pennsylvania.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu warns at a memorial for late PM Ariel Sharon that Iran has already begun its war against Israel.

“Not wanting to stir things up in the north” means “Yes, we could bomb them to kingdom come, but. no, we won’t.”

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Gazans getting supplies from UNRWA in Rafah.

The Gazans are protesting the freeze in the money transfer from the UN for rehabilitating their region.

The names of the IDF soldiers killed by Hezbollah at Mount Dov on Wednesday have been released for publication.

Here are some recipes to make your Chag La’Illanot a festive one.

IDF soldiers were dragged to missionary evening of ‘appreciation’ for soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge last summer in Gaza.

United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest emergency medical response organization received a new ‘Ambucycle’ from Columbus donors.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/inaugural-bonei-zion-prize-awarded-in-knesset-ceremony/2014/05/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: