The launch of a new award aimed at honoring outstanding contributions to Israeli society by immigrants from English-speaking countries was announced by Nefesh B'Nefesh on Wednesday.
The Absorption Ministry immigration assistance group is inviting the public to nominate candidates for the competition, titled 'Bonei Zion' (The builders of Zion). A $10,000 prize will be awarded to nominees in five separate categories: Science and Medicine, Education and Non-Profit, IDF and National Service, Entrepreneurship and Technology, and Culture, Sports and Art.
“Many English-speaking Olim are accomplishing remarkable things in Israel, and it is important to recognize these contributions,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “We believe that accentuating the achievements of Western Olim will be a catalyst to inspire others to make Aliyah and help make a difference to our young country.”
According to the award's press release, it seeks to honor contributions that 'encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards developing the State of Israel.'
In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be immigrants from an English-speaking country (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA and Canada).
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