JERUSALEM, December 14, 2023 – Ten outstanding young Olim (immigrants to Israel) from English-speaking countries have been recognized for making exceptional contributions to strengthen the State of Israel during the Iron Swords War. Nefesh B’Nefesh bestowed their Maor Youth Prize to honor the young Olim who have made an impact on the Jewish state and who serve as a guiding light in their local communities.
The Maor Youth Prize, which was initiated last year to honor young Olim who have made an impact in Israel, received applications from dozens of young Olim from English-speaking countries – including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K., and the U.S. The recipients were chosen by a panel of esteemed committee members.
As we celebrate the spirit of Chanukah, we find inspiration in these young Olim who have emerged triumphant over the hurdles of acclimating to new communities, schools, and social circles after making Aliyah, while at the same time choosing to focus outwards and becoming rays of light and hope for the greater Israeli community,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh.
This year’s prize winners, ranging from ages 11-18, have made Aliyah with their families from around the world and have settled in communities throughout Israel.
The following are the details of the 2023 Maor Youth Prize recipients: