Nefesh B'Nefesh grants awards to 20 immigrants

Special award ceremony honors immigrants who create change, impact Israeli society and engage the immigrant community.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Nefesh B'Nefesh IZI winners with Rabbi Yehoshua Fass
Nefesh B'Nefesh IZI winners with Rabbi Yehoshua Fass
Ben Kelmer

Nefesh B’Nefesh on Sunday held an awards ceremony for the winners of its first ‘Initiative for Zionist Innovation’ (IZI) grants.

The grants were awareded in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and Avram and Sharon Blumenthal and Family, and will support olim (immigrants to Israel) committed to impacting social change or pursuing business innovation in the spirit of Zionism. The award luncheon was held at the Nefesh B’Nefesh TLV Hub, a trendy co-working space for olim to professionally and socially network with one another.

From a ‘Zionist Coffee’ initiative, a community workspace dedicated to working women and mothers, building Anglo community centers in South Jerusalem, to creating a support network for those affected by cancer, these inspiring olim were awarded grants which will help them actualize their projects to impact Israel and Israeli society.

Through these grants, Nefesh B’Nefesh seeks to empower the next generation of leaders and innovators looking to change the face of Zionism and Israel. The candidates, all of whom made Aliyah before November 30, 2017, submitted a business plan, resume and mission statement as part of the application process. Each winner will be ‘paying it forward’ by providing opportunities and mentoring sessions to other Nefesh B’Nefesh olim, as an additional part to the IZI grant.

“We are thrilled to award these grants to the inaugural recipients of the Initiative for Zionist Innovation, which will enable these successful olim to expand their ventures and further impact the State of Israel,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Fass.

“We received a large number of applications with a broad range of creative ideas. It has been truly inspiring for us to see so many olim with far-reaching dreams and the ability to affect change in all areas of Israeli society.”