Sharon Stone with fan wearing t-shirt.
(photo credit: Imgur)
The United Israel Appeal presented Hollywood actress and activist Sharon Stone
with the Isaiah Award for Distinguished Leadership at Jerusalem’s Mamilla Hotel
The appeal, which works under the auspices of Keren Hayesod,
promotes and raises funds for projects in Israel and Jewish communities
The days of risqué sex scenes far behind her, Stone has
dedicated much of her time to promoting health issues and combating poverty
across the globe.
“We have shortages of crops, but no shortage of wars.
This is an illogical state of affairs,” Stone said, lamenting the current state
of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East during her somber acceptance
Stone – who currently serves as the global campaign chairwoman of
the American Foundation for AIDS research and is the cultural chairwoman for
YALA, an online organization for peace in the Middle East – discussed the
resonance of the Prophet Isaiah’s legacy and what the award personally means to
“The Prophet Isaiah spoke about existing in the moment of now,”
Stone said, speaking to her belief that most world conflicts stem from people
who are driven by their fears and are unable to live “in the
Upon introducing Stone, Johanna Arbib Perugia, chairwoman of the
appeal’s World Board of Trustees, explained that the award is bestowed to “those
who have displayed outstanding dedication to the values of tikun olam – healing
the world – and tzedeka [“charity”] – making the world a more just
Speaking to the notion of tikun olam, Stone stressed that
everyone is capable of contributing positively to the community, and that doing
so is an integral step toward achieving world peace.
Earlier on Tuesday,
in accordance with her other major philanthropic interest, Stone also visited
Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem to meet with Prof. Dan
Englehard, head of Hadassah’s pediatric AIDS unit.
“I believe in the work
you do, one person at a time, building this wonderful place. I urge everyone to
do whatever they can do to help Hadassah,” Stone said during her visit, where
she met with children suffering from AIDS and their parents.
speaking to reporters at the hospital, Stone, who is in Israel for President
Shimon Peres’s birthday, echoed her interpretation of Isaiah’s legacy by
praising the president for being “90 years old and [able to] live in the present
and the future.”