JERUSALEM, December 26, 2022 – Nine outstanding young Olim (immigrants to Israel) from English-speaking countries have been recognized for making exceptional contributions to strengthen the State of Israel. The new Nefesh B’Nefesh Maor Youth Prize was established this year to honor our young Olim who have made an impact in the Jewish state and who serve as a guiding light in their local communities.
The prize winners, ranging from ages 12-18, have made Aliyah with their families from around the world and have settled in communities throughout Israel. Dozens of young Olim from English-speaking countries – including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K., and U.S. – were nominated for the prize, and the recipients were chosen by a panel of committee members.
“It is truly inspiring to see these young Olim who rose above the challenges of adjusting to their new communities, schools, and social circles after making Aliyah, and chose to focus outwards – helping the greater Israeli community and Jewish nation through their initiatives and wonderful ideas,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “Chanukah is the perfect opportunity to recognize and honor these young, modern-day Maccabees, who are shining examples for the next generation of Jewish leaders. They have chosen to celebrate their Aliyah by giving back to the Jewish people, each in their own individual way.”