The Moskowitz Prize for Zionism was established by Dr. Irving and Cherna
Moskowitz as an expression of support for people who put Zionism into action in
today's Israeli society, acting for the benefit of the common good in order to
ensure the strength and resilience of the national Jewish homeland.
The need for this special prize arose from the feeling, shared by many, that the true Zionist heroes in today's Israel - those known to the public as well as those far outside the public spotlight - do not always receive the institutional recognition and public praise they deserve.
These are Israeli men and women acting from a feeling of personal responsibility, vision and national mission, each in his field, and often while sacrificing their personal welfare and even endangering their personal security.
Commencing this year – 2008-5768 – and each coming year – a special prize (the Lion of Zion prize) will be awarded to Israeli citizens, residents of Israel, who best personify modern Zionism in Israel in their actions addressing the challenges that face Zionism today - in education, culture, settlement, social action and other spheres.
In order to choose the prize winners, we approached the general public via an advertising campaign, calling for the submission of nominations for the prize. Within the short period of just three weeks close to 200 nominations were submitted.
At the same time, a special public committee was appointed to review the candidacy forms.
It developed that many of the candidates did not consider themselves to be exceptional, certainly not heroes. Many of them feel that they are simply fulfilling their obligation, as Israelis, to make Israel a better, more secure, more just, and ultimately - more Zionist - place.
After a long process of examination, consideration and deliberation, three winners were finally chosen, who the prize committee this year consider to represent the best of Zionist activity, in the so complicated reality of Israel of 2008, in the areas of society, education and settlement.
After considerable deliberations the prize committee decided to give expression this year to a broad array of activities and thus chose to share the prize between three winners. Each of the winners will receive the Lion of Zion prize that also includes a monetary prize of $50,000.
The 2008-5768 prize committee members:
Mrs. Cherna Moskowitz - Committee Chair
Former minister Prof. Moshe Arens
Yedidya Atlas, Journalist
Amb. Yoram Ettinger, expert on US-Israel relations
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, founder of the Hineni Jewish Heritage Foundation
Former minister, Brig. General Avigdor Kahalani
Former minister Dr. Uzi Landau
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President, National Council of Young Israel
Rabbi Daniel Moskowitz.
Special Advisor: Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Yisrael Aumann.