2018 Prize Winners

Local category

The Jewish Unity Project , Florida ,USA

The Center for Jewish engagement housed at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach  aims are to: inspire and engage every Jew with Jewish experiences of meaning to them,
by serving as a personal and communal gateway; create and maintain partnerships among Jewish
leaders, programs and organizations; and unite the community to build and sustain a strong, caring,
vibrant and united Jewish community for today and tomorrow.

When Naftali, Gilad and Eyal were kidnapped, the community’s growing unity quickly mobilized. On a
few days’ notice more than 1,000 from across the Jewish community stood in solidarity and prayer
from a full array of local rabbis and dignitaries at an Orthodox synagogue to “Bring Back Our Boys.”
More than 1,000 came together again at a Conservative synagogue as the boys were buried and
rockets rained on Israel. The strength and the joy of being one Jewish community, one Jewish family,
were palpable. The community has never been the same.

Local Category

Runners without Borders

Runners without borders harnesses the positive power of sport to connect Jews and Arabs, rebuild long-trust and set the ground for a renewed dialogue between the two populations. Runners Without Borders was founded November 2014 by Jerusalem-based athletes in response to a wave of violence sweeping Jerusalem. The organization offers platforms for Jews and Arabs to meet, interact and cooperate through running, including the facilitation of mixed running teams for youth and adults. RWB also organizes races for all residents,and offers networking opportunities for community members in Jerusalem and beyond.

National Category

TEC Center (Technology, Education, and Cultural Diversity)

The Center for Technology, Education and cultural diversity began its activities in January 2005 as a joint venture between 3 teaching colleges in Israel. Each college represented a different sector of Israeli society who would never normally meet (Arab. Jewish, religious and secular). Since 2012 the center has gone international and has high school courses together with other countries.
2013 marks the beginning of a new program TEC4Schools where teachers in different subject areas in the 5th grades work together with 2 other teachers to form collaborative online learning between the classes.
The center offers opportunities for teachers in other countries to connect and work collaboratively with their classes- see TEC4Teachers
The Center is involved with research in the areas of collaborative online group learning and the building of trust between people.  These research projects are carried out nationally and with partners abroad, (noticeably -The University of Ulster, N. Ireland, Michigan State University, U.S.A., IDC,  Herzilya , Israel)



Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. Our idea is to stop everything for a few hours and just sing – together.
The project enables its participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience – our sounds and voices coming together to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism.


Taglit (Birthright) will be awarded an honorary life time achievement award on behalf of the Jerusalem Unity prize.

Birthright Israel began with a bold idea—offering a free, life-changing trip to Israel to young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26 and, in doing so, transforming the Jewish future.
Their mission is to give every Jewish young adult around the world, especially the unaffiliated, the opportunity to visit Israel.
Today, Birthright Israel is the largest educational tourism organization in the world.
Founded in 1999 by a remarkable group of committed Jewish philanthropists led by Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, Birthright Israel aims to strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and connection with Israel and its people. Birthright Israel seeks to ensure the future of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and connection with Israel via a trip to Israel for the majority of Jewish young adults from around the world.Their hope is that the trips motivate young people to continue to explore their Jewish identity and support for Israel and maintain long-lasting connections with the Israelis they meet on their trip. Birthright encourages their alumni to take active roles in Jewish organizations and to participate in follow-up activities worldwide.

Robert & Amy Book
David & Sarena Koschitzky
Ira & Ingeborg Rennert
Jay & Jeanie Schottenstein
Ronnen Harary
UJA Federation of New York
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