We are proud to present the recipients of the
2017 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize.
The award recognizes outstanding Anglo Olim – veteran and recent –
who embody the spirit of modern-day Zionism
by contributing in a significant way to the State of Israel.
“Olim from English speaking countries around the world continue to make significant and meaningful contributions to the State of Israel each day. Once again, these Bonei Zion Prize recipients demonstrate that there are no limits on what an Oleh can achieve and the impact one can have,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “We are proud to be honoring such an extraordinary group of dedicated and Zionistic individuals.”
SCIENCE & MEDICINE: PROFESSOR BENJAMIN W. CORN has been the head of the Institute of Radiotherapy at Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital) for 14 years and has 30 years of experience in utilizing radiation therapy to treat tumors. He has been an integral contributor to the revolution in therapeutic sophistication that has stimulated the directors general of the major hospitals in Israel to take notice and erect high-end linear accelerators in their institutions. He convinced the leadership of the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. to globalize their collaborative radiation-related research. Israel thus became the first international member of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (the arm of the NCI responsible for cutting-edge radiation research) and Corn chairs the international committee of the RTOG that has now expanded to include over 50 member countries including Japan, Ireland, Peru, Australia and Saudi Arabia.In addition, he is the Chairman of Life’s Door, an organization co-founded with his wife Dvora, which has led the movement of integrating spirituality into healthcare as a platform to offer hope and meaning for people facing serious disease and life’s end. Over 10,000 people in the State of Israel have been directly helped by the programs of this N.G.O.
Through lectures and writing, Ben has been an “ambassador” who proudly showcases “blue and white” innovation in healthcare to the medical and bio-pharmaceutical communities worldwide.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PROFESSOR ALICE SHALVI – Educator, feminist activist, social advocate and professor emerita of English literature, was born in Essen, Germany, in 1926. In 1934, together with her family, she emigrated to England, where she received her education, graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1947 and from the London School of Economics in 1949.
In November 1949 she emigrated to Israel, where she taught in the Department of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from January 1950 until October 1990, during which period she also held various administrative positions at the university, and received her Ph.D. in 1962. From 1975-1990 she served as principal of Pelech, a unique progressive high school for religious girls. From 1984 to 2000 she was the founding chairwoman of the Israel Women’s Network, an organization dedicated to advancing the status of women in Israel, which became Israel’s major advocacy group on women’s issues. She has been an active and leading figure in a variety of social movements, peace and inter-religious dialogues and feminist activities, in both establishment and non-governmental frameworks. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary degrees from a number of institutions of higher education such as Brown University, the Weizman Institute of Science, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
In 2007 she was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievements in the areas of education, social welfare and human rights.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PROFESSOR ELIEZER JAFFE, z”l – Professor Eliezer Jaffe, z”l, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Philanthropy. He first came to Israel from the USA in 1957 as a volunteer and returned to obtain his doctorate in social work. Prof. Jaffe was one of the founders of Hebrew University’s School of Social Work and blazed the path for the social improvement and development of Israel’s non-profit sector.
In 1990, Professor Jaffe founded the Israel Free Loan Association, where served as president until his recent passing. The organization has provided over 57,000 interest-free loans to low- and middle-income Israelis to date. He consulted numerous ministers, the mayor of Jerusalem, and many non-governmental offices to create social programs for underprivileged citizens, and taught in various universities. He was instrumental in establishing Israeli law regarding inter-country adoption and published several books.
Professor Jaffe received the highest accolades, among them the President of Israel’s Citation for Outstanding Volunteer, the Sderot Conference Award for contribution to Israeli society, the Jerusalem Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Association Leadership, and the Bernard Revel Memorial Award, presented to the most outstanding scholar and community leader among Yeshiva University alumni. In 2011, he received the Speaker of the Knesset Prize for improving the quality of life in Israel, and in 2012, he received the Yakir Yerushalayim Distinguished Citizen of Jerusalem award. Prof. Jaffe made Aliyah from Cleveland, Ohio in 1960.