Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer is among the twelve men and women to be honored on Sunday by Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion with the Yakir Yerushalayim award.
Born in England, Bodenheimer is a professor of electro-optics and is known for his love of the Talmud, which he gives regular classes in.
Other honored members include Rabbi Menham Cohen who is the Chief Rabbi of Romania, Holocaust survivor and educator Miriam Indig, Rabbi Meir Bakshai who provides education to disadvantaged youth, and one of the founders of the Biblical Zoo Pinchas Amitai.
The award on Sunday will also be presented to Educator Yael Lehmen, media advisor Yisrael Katzover, pre-state fighter and educator Rabbi Aharon Hacohen, Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Krappen, Rabbi Yigal Shpern, Murdechai Yonah and Shifra Sapra.
Sapra is a noted educator who served as a Jewish agency educator in many countries, Yonah is a scholar on Kurdish-Jewish culture, Shpren is noted for his work as a philosopher with interest in medicine and Jewish law and Krappen created the first educational institution in Gival Shaul.
The Yakir Yerushalayim award is an annual one given to people who are over 70 years of age and have contributed to the capital's culture and education. The award is given on Yom Yerushalayim.
The award was given to such noted men and women as Kaballa Scholar Gershom Scholem, politician Geulah Cohen and Catholic theologian Marcel-Jacques Dubois.