The annual Moskowitz Prize for Zionism will be awarded Monday to Rabbis Yehoshua Fass of Nefesh B’Nefesh and Chanan Porat, and to Meir Dagan, who until recently headed the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).
The awards will be handed out Monday evening at the City of David (Ir David), located across the road from the Western Wall (Kotel). Dr. Irving Moskowitz established the annual prize, which includes an award of $50,000, to support Zionist values in Israeli society and to promote the Jewish nationalist home of Israel.
The committee selecting the honorees sifted through the candidacy of hundreds of nominees.
Rabbi Porat, who is battling cancer, was evacuated as an infant from Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, in Gush Etzion, during the War for Independence. His father was one of the last defenders of the community and was killed by the Arab Legion. Porat helped re-establish Kfar Etzion after the Six-Day War in 1967, in which he fought as a paratrooper. He became one of the leading figures in the National Religious movement and was a Knesset Member when the National Religious Party was at it strength.
Rabbi Fass, who lost a relative in a 2001 suicide bombing terrorist attack, co-founded Nefesh B’Nefesh along with Tony Gelbart to help Jews move to the Jewish homeland.
Nefesh B’Nefesh revolutionized the aliyah movement and has helped bring 27,000 Jews to Israel from North American and Britain.