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Bonei Zion Prize

Awards to English-Speaking Immigrants to Israel
for Contributions to the Development of the State

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Nefesh B'Nefesh

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Awards to English-speaking immigrants to Israel for significant contributions to the State of Israel. Awards are intended to recognize the achievements of outstanding immigrants from western countries who have moved to Israel since 1948. A prize will be awarded in each of six fields, including education, young leadership, global impact, science and medicine, community and nonprofit, and culture, art, and sports.

The Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize formally recognizes the achievements of Olim from English-speaking countries who are making a considerable contribution to the State of Israel. As Aliyah from western countries continues to increase, Olim are making a remarkable impact on the Jewish State – economically, socially and culturally – contributing to Israeli society in all fields of endeavor. This award is an expression of support for Olim whose contributions have helped better Israel in a meaningful way, and acknowledges those who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing towards developing the State of Israel.

Prize objectives:

  • To showcase within Israeli society the impact and contribution of Anglo Olim on building the State of Israel.
  • To highlight Anglo Olim who exemplify successful integration into Israeli society and can serve as inspiration and role models for others to make Aliyah.
  • To express gratitude to individuals who have enhanced and transformed the lives around them.

Prize criteria:

  • Impact: The work of the Bonei Zion Prize recipients must have had a notable and positive impact on the State of Israel’s private or non-profit sector.
  • Growth: Bonei Zion Prize recipients should ideally have created or founded an enterprise, organization, or an initiative and/or have grown or expanded a project with significant gains.
  • Rank in field: Bonei Zion Prize recipients are undoubtedly recognized within Israel as leaders in their respective fields. Many recipients are internationally recognized and may have been recipients of other notable prizes.
  • Innovation: Bonei Zion Prize recipients should be forward thinkers and innovators in their fields of expertise.
  • Zionism: Bonei Zion Prize recipients should be ardent Zionists and actively work towards the development of the Jewish State. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 157483

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A prize is awarded in each of the six categories.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Nominees: Olim (immigrants) from English-speaking western countries, who made Aliyah since 1948.

Eligible Nominators: The Nominator writes the letter of nomination and should be someone who is well acquainted with the candidate and can broadly attest to his/her suitability as a candidate based on the selection criteria. Nominators (and References) must be someone other than the Nominee, or his/her family member.

Pre-Application Information:

The nomination deadline is December 31, 2020.

Nomination process:
- Submit the Online Bonei Zion Nomination Form.
- Mail the nomination forms and materials (nomination letter, letters of reference, curriculum vitae and photo of nominee) to the address indicated in Contact Information below.

Emailed or faxed nominations will not be accepted. The only way to submit a nomination is by mailing hard copies of the nomination package.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

- Submit the Online Bonei Zion Nomination Form:

- Mail the nomination forms and materials to:
Nefesh B’Nefesh
Bonei Zion Prize Committee
Beit Ofer
5 Nahum Hefzadi
Jerusalem, Israel 95484

North America: 1-866-4-ALIYAH (1-866-425-4924)
United Kingdom: 020-8150-6690
Israel: 02-659-5800

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