This year’s Moskowitz Foundation Prize for Zionism recipients will be Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, journalist Yisrael Harel, and New Guardians founder Yoel Zilberstein.
They will be awarded the Lion of Zion Lifetime Achievement Award of $100,000.
Harel is a former editor of Maariv founded the Land of Israel Settlement Movement.
Zilberstein founded of the New Guardians (Shomer HaHadash) project that protects Jewish farmers and their land in the Galilee and Negev.
The prize will be presented on May 19 in the presence of Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz, the Miami-based philanthropists who established the prize for Zionism to encourage those working tirelessly to better the Jewish state for generations to come.
In addition to the Lion of Zion lifetime achievement award, the Spirit of Zion award is given to young Zionists who have begun their journey towards making Israel a better place. This year’s recipients are Tirael Cohen, founder of Kedma, student villages for social action and settlement, and Shira Lorentz, who established an organization to support lone national service volunteers, promoting their welfare and Aliyah.
The Spirit of Zion recipients will receive a monetary award and expert advice and nurturing for an entire year to solidify their ventures for the sake of Israel’s future.
Hundreds of nominations were received in recent months and evaluated by the selection committee that included former Defense Minister Professor Moshe Arens, Brigadier General (res.) Avigdor Kahalani, Ambassador Yoram Ettinger and Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.
One of the traits shared by the Moskowitz Prize winners and many of the candidates is that they do not see themselves as extraordinary people, but as those who simply fulfill their duty as Israelis, to make Israel a better and safer and a more Zionist home.