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Posted December 13, 2016
Who do YOU know who embodies Jewish unity in all its many forms?
Unity Day and the Jerusalem Unity Prize were founded by Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, the families of Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, and "Gesher", and inspired by the sense of unity that engulfed the Jewish world at the time of the kidnapping of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali in 2014. The underlying goal and vision of the Prize is to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of those who work to advance the critical importance of unity, and to inspire tolerance and mutual respect- promoting acceptance of those who think, act, or live differently. The deserving award-winners are those who inspire mutual respect and tolerance throughout the Jewish world.
Applications must be submitted electronically via The Unity Prize by no later than January 5th, 2017.
The Prizes will be presented in Jerusalem on June 7th, 2017, as part of the commemorative events of Unity Day.
The Prizes will be awarded in three distinct categories:
Recognition of an individual, organization or initiative that reaches and influences a local population
Recognition of an organization (including non-profits, social agencies, corporations and foundations) that works to advance Jewish unity in an exemplary manner over an extended period of time and has made a significant impact nationally
An honor to a visionary (can be either an individual or a group) who acknowledges the obstacles of disunity and discord within the greater Jewish community and actively promotes advancing social programs which challenge that disunity
Total prize money available for the Jerusalem Unity Prize in Memory of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali is 300,000 NIS, which will be divided among the recipients at the discretion of the Prize Committee.
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