Herzl Award

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Herzl Award
Awarded for exceptional efforts on behalf of Israel and the Zionist cause
Country Israel
Presented by World Zionist Organization
First awarded 2004

The Herzl Award is awarded annually by the Department for Zionist Activities of the World Zionist Organization to outstanding young men and women in recognition of their exceptional efforts on behalf of Israel and the Zionist cause. The award was first awarded in 2004, on the centennial anniversary of Theodore Herzl’s death.


Herzl was the father of political Zionism. Even though he died at the young age of 44, of which only 9 were dedicated to the Zionist cause, he was able to mobilize the forces and create the infrastructure that would revolutionize the Jewish world and bring about the realization of the Jewish people’s age-old dream of returning to Zion.

Award requirements[edit]

According to the site of the WZO [1] candidates are nominated by Zionist Federations around the world for achievement in one or more of several fields:

  • encouraging aliyah
  • promoting Zionist education (formal or informal)
  • fostering the study of Hebrew
  • advocating on behalf of Israel
  • furthering the development of Israel as an exemplary society
  • contributing to the advancement of Zionist thought
  • organizing on behalf of the Zionist movement

Nominees must be no older than 44, Herzl’s age at the time of his death.


All Herzl Award recipients receive a distinctive certificate and an engraved cast bronze trophy, as well as being inscribed in a special Herzl album in Jerusalem.

Recipients 2004 (Inaugural Award):

United States: Brian Sacks; Elana Yael Heideman; David Borowich; Dr. Moises Salinas

Australia: Dr. Ron Weiser

South Africa: Errol Anstey

Denmark: Simon Boysen

Hungary: Dr. Attila Novak

India: Raphael (Ralphy) Ezekiel Jhirad

Argentina: Susana Edith Gelber

Mexico: Meny Samra Cohen; Marcos Metta Cohen

Belgium: Francis Weitz

Recipients 2005:

United Kingdom: David Collins, Steven Elstein, Jonathan Hantman

Venezuela: Elías Farache

South Africa: Avrom Krengel

Canada: Gabriel Martell

Russia: Evgeny Maryanchik

Denmark: Dalia Melchior

Mexico: Enrique Olsoff

Argentina: Damian Szvalb

Uruguay: Gerardo Stuczynski

Recipients 2006:

South Africa: Owen Kevin Futeran

Denmark: Andrea Uzan

Sweden: Ted Ekeroth

Argentina: Adrian Gluck

Germany: Stanislav Skibinski

Mexico: Moises Mitrani, Nathan Feldman

New Zealand: Phil Koningham

United Kingdom: Stephen Rosenthal

Recipients 2007:

Great Britain: Shanee Fischer, London; Daniel Berke, Manchester

Sweden: Dmitri Vasserman

Venezuela: Alberto Moryusef

Mexico: Jacobo Adat

Chile: Andrés Abramovicz and Marisol Garriga

South Africa: Tamar Lazarus, Cape Town

Recipients 2008:

Denmark: Charlotte Thalmay

Uruguay: Laura Taragan

Mexico: Mauricio Faradji

Argentina: Daniel Lew; Fabio Kornblaum

Recipients 2009:

S Africa: Rabbi Laurence (Doron) Perez

Sweden: Torbjorn Karfunkel

USA: Debbie Isaacs

Recipients 2010:

United Kingdom:

Arieh Grossman

In the award ceremony in Hendon, Jonathan Lipczer, former Mazkir of Bnei Akiva UK, famously declared that "there has been no bigger Zionist since Herzl than Arieh Grossman".

In addition, the Winner of the South African Zionist Federation's "Zionist Quiz" for schools is awarded a Herzl Prize [through 2009].


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