Ovadia Yosef's Daughter Wins Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement

Haredi education activist Adina Bar-Shalom named for honor along with traffic safety entrepreneur Avi Naor.

Yarden Skop
Yarden Skop
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Yarden Skop
Yarden Skop

Haredi education activist Adina Bar-Shalom and traffic safety activist Avi Naor were named yesterday as the winners of this year’s Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement — Special Contribution to State and Society.

The judges’ committee deemed Bar-Shalom, daughter of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, deserving of the prize “for her pioneering work to bridge societal rifts and socioeconomic gaps and to promote an ultra-Orthodox lifestyle that includes social openness and higher education. In her faith, Bar-Shalom has spearheaded enterprises where the ultra-Orthodox can acquire a higher education combined with Torah study, as a means to social mobility and integration in the workforce. Adina Bar-Shalom has managed to navigate the stormy waters of conflicting views and fierce differences of opinion, and to make a significant contribution to society.”

Naor, founder of Or Yarok — The Association for Safer Driving in Israel, was described as “an Israeli high-tech industry founder who chose to devote much of his energy and money to pioneering projects to combat the scourge of auto accidents in Israel, and other projects to benefit society. Avi Naor founded and funded Or Yarok, which is successfully leading an extensive and thorough campaign against road accidents, and has played a key role in reducing the number of traffic fatalities over the years. Avi Naor invests in a wide range of pioneering activities with at-risk youth and marginalized groups in society. In his activity, he sets high standards for deep involvement and excellent management, and as such is a leader in social intervention.”

Prof. Gabriela Shalev is chairwoman the prize committee, which also includes Shlomo Dovrat, Father Gabriel Nadaf, Prof. Zahava Solomon and Yoel Feldschuh.

Adina Bar Shalom’s biggest fan was her father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

The Orion nebula, photographed in 2009 by the Spitzer Telescope.

What if the Big Bang Never Actually Happened?

Relatives mourn during the funeral of four teenage Palestinians from the Nijm family killed by an errant rocket in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, August 7.

Why Palestinian Islamic Jihad Rockets Kill So Many Palestinians

בן גוריון

'Strangers in My House': Letters Expelled Palestinian Sent Ben-Gurion in 1948, Revealed

AIPAC

AIPAC vs. American Jews: The Toxic Victories of the 'pro-Israel' Lobby

Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic speaks during a press conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia in May.

‘This Is Crazy’: Israeli Embassy Memo Stirs Political Storm in the Balkans

Hamas militants take part in a military parade in Gaza.

Israel Rewards Hamas for Its Restraint During Gaza Op