Religious-Zionist Rabbi David Stav Wins Jewish Peoplehood Award

The Nadav Foundation praises the rabbi’s bridge-building both in Israel and with the Diaspora.

Gil Cohen-Magen

Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the religious-Zionist Tzohar rabbinical association, has won the 2014 Nadav Peoplehood Award for his contributions to the Jewish people and humanity.

According to the Nadav Foundation, Stav, the rabbi of the central city of Shoham, received the prize for his efforts in building bridges “among the various sectors of Israeli society [and] for his activity in bringing new members into the Jewish community in the spirit of Hillel the Elder.” The foundation also praised his efforts in strengthening ties between Jews in Israel and the Disapora.

The prize was awarded by Leonid Nevzlin, founder of the Nadav Foundation and a Haaretz shareholder, and Irina Nevzlin, board chairwoman of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People.

“I am proud to be awarding the Nadav Peoplehood Award for the sixth consecutive year,” Leonid Nevzlin said. “We in the Nadav Foundation appreciate Rabbi Stav’s ongoing struggle to strengthen the unity of the Jewish people and to deepen the ties between Jews in Israel and worldwide.”

The Tel Aviv ceremony Tuesday was also attended by Science and Technology Minister Jacob Perry and former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy. Last year the award went to former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak; in 2012 it went to Holocaust author and professor Eli Wiesel and musician Avishai Cohen.