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.
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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.