Seven English-speaking olim honored for major contributions to Israel

Seven olim (immigrants to Israel) were awarded the annual 2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize on Tuesday.

 2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recipients. (photo credit: NEFESH B'NEFESH)
2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recipients.
(photo credit: NEFESH B'NEFESH)

Seven English-speaking immigrants were honored for their “major contributions to the State of Israel” with the 2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize on Tuesday.

Honorees in six categories were chosen by a panel assembled by Nefesh B’Nefesh. The categories were: science and medicine, community and nonprofit, education, global impact, culture, art and sports, and young leadership.

An additional lifetime achievement award was given to Naomi Tsur, a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem and founder of the Jerusalem Green Fund, an environmental protection organization.

Tsur was awarded the honor for “her exemplary work over multiple decades in promoting sustainability in Israel and throughout the world,” a statement said. It also noted her work toward “building a greener Jerusalem” during her tenure as deputy mayor.

 Sylvan Adams at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York, September 12, 2022 (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) Sylvan Adams at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York, September 12, 2022 (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recipients

Virginia-born Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin was honored in the field of education for his work as president of Schechter Institutes, which provides pluralistic Jewish education to more than 100,000 children and adults every year. He is also the author or editor of 60 books and over 200 articles.

Another recipient was Prof. Arthur I. Eidelman, who made aliyah from New York in 1978. Eidelman, considered the founding father of neonatal medicine in Israel, won the prize for achievements in science and medicine.

In the community and nonprofit category, Pamela and Aba Claman were honored for founding Thank Israeli Soldiers, an NGO dedicated to educating, embracing and empowering Israeli soldiers.

Prof. Morris Hartstein, who treated more than 7,000 Ethiopian Jews in Gondar as part of “Operation Ethiopia,” was given the global impact award.

Hartstein also worked to bring more Ethiopian doctors to Israel for training and accompanied new immigrants in Operation Tzur Yisrael in 2020.

Other winners include Asher Fredman, an Abraham Accords Peace Institute director, and Prof. Harry Ben Zion Brand, who took an active part in Israel’s industrial development and planning over the last half-century.

The honor “serves as a reminder of the remarkable impact that Olim are making in every facet of Israeli life,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder and executive director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass.

"This year’s prize recipients...are true examples of how the Jewish state is thriving," the rabbi added"

Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder and executive director

“This year’s prize recipients... are true examples of how the Jewish state is thriving,” he said. “This year’s prize recipients, and the hundreds of thousands of olim who have chosen to make Israel their home, are true examples of how the Jewish state is thriving.”