Friday, February 15, 2008

Are You a Zionist? You Could Earn $100G


This prize begs the question: What is a Zionist today?

My vote goes to Ruth and Nadia Matar, but I’m looking at the panel, and it appears very milk-toast. I would suggest that hard-line right-wingers don’t have a chance.

It looks like you have to be non-political, religious, and working within the system for this prize. I’m not sure that qualifies as a Zionist in my book, but they don’t really define what they think a Zionist is here—so, if you think you qualify, apply. Who knows?

by Hillel Fendel

( Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz have announced the annual Moskowitz Prize for Zionism - a sum of $100,000 that will first be awarded this Independence Day.

The new prize's website states that the award "was established in recognition of the people who put Zionism into action in today's Israeli society – at times risking their own personal security, placing the collective before personal needs, and doing what it takes to ensure a strong, secure Jewish homeland."

The intention is to grant an annual award to "persons who best personify the essence of modern Zionism in Israel, providing innovative or exceptional activity that reflects the values and challenges that face Zionism today - in education, culture, settlement, social action and other spheres."

The "Strength of Zion Prize" is named for the verse in Isaiah 52, which reads, "Awaken, awaken, wear your strength, Zion."

The prize is likely to be divided among up to three winners, who will be chosen by a public committee made up of public and private figures, including the following: Ex-Foreign and Defense Minister Moshe Arens, former Amb. Amb. Yoram Ettinger, former Public Security Minister Uzi Landau, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Rabbi Daniel Moskowitz, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Avigdor Kahalani, and Lt.-Col.(ret.) Rabbi Yedidya Atlas.

The committee will be chaired by Cherna Moskowitz, and Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann will be its Special Academic Advisor.

Prize recipients must be citizens of Israel - not organizations - 18 years or older, residing in Israel. Nominations may be submitted by March 10, 2008. Information and forms may be downloaded at:

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