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|Awarded for||Exceptional efforts on behalf of Israel and the Zionist cause|
|Presented by||World Zionist Organization|
The Herzl Award is awarded annually by the Department for Zionist Activities of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) 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.
According to the site of the WZO 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.
|2004||Susana Edith Gelber|
|Raphael (Ralphy) Ezekiel Jhirad|
|Marcos Metta Cohen|
|Meny Samra Cohen|
|Elana Yael Heideman|
|2009||Laurence (Doron) Perez|
In addition, the Winner of the South African Zionist Federation's "Zionist Quiz" for schools is awarded a Herzl Prize (through 2009).