The Council of European Rabbis has awarded first prize in its inaugural Internet
entrepreneurship contest to a mobile application that helps users keep track of
The council on Tuesday gave a cash prize to an app
called “Donor,” created by Itsbeta, which tells users in Moscow and St.
Petersburg about blood drives and creates a system for organizations to reward
donors for giving blood. The company received €26,000.
This is the “first
time that a rabbinical organization has offered a reward for technological
innovation on the premise that it is important to create a platform of dialogue
between the cutting edge digital world and Jewish traditional values,” the
The second-place winner, a free app called “Pruffi,” is a
social networking tool that connects recruiters and job applicants.
app called “Is it Kosher?” — which allows users to scan the bar code of a
product to determine whether it is kosher — won third place. The fourth-place
winner was “Chiourim,” an app that collects Jewish news.
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the council’s president, said that “this prize is
seeking to encourage the use of the Internet for the purpose of tikkun olam for
the betterment of society and the world as whole.”