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 (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.

Award requirements[edit]

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.

Year Recipients
2004 Argentina Susana Edith Gelber
Australia Ron Weiser
Belgium Francis Weitz
Denmark Simon Boysen
Hungary Attila Novak
India Raphael (Ralphy) Ezekiel Jhirad
Mexico Marcos Metta Cohen
Mexico Meny Samra Cohen
South Africa Errol Anstey
United States David Borowich
United States Elana Yael Heideman
United States Brian Sacks
United States Moises Salinas
2005 Argentina Damian Szvalb
Canada Gabriel Martell
Denmark Dalia Melchior
Mexico Enrique Olsoff
Russia Evgeny Maryanchik
South Africa Avrom Krengel
United Kingdom David Collins
United Kingdom Steven Elstein
United Kingdom Jonathan Hantman
Uruguay Gerardo Stuczynski
Venezuela Elías Farache
2006[1] Denmark Andrea Uzan
Germany Stanislav Skibinski
Mexico Nathan Feldman
Mexico Moises Mitrani
New Zealand Phil Koningham
Sweden Ted Ekeroth
United Kingdom Stephen Rosenthal
2007 Chile Andrés Abramovicz
Chile Marisol Garriga
Mexico Jacobo Adat
South Africa Tamar Lazarus
Sweden Dmitri Vasserman
United Kingdom Daniel Berke
United Kingdom Shanee Fischer
Venezuela Alberto Moryusef
2008 Argentina Fabio Kornblaum
Argentina Daniel Lew
Denmark Charlotte Thalmay
Mexico Mauricio Faradji
Uruguay Laura Taragan
2009 South Africa Laurence (Doron) Perez
Sweden Torbjorn Karfunkel
United States Debbie Isaacs
2010 United Kingdom Arieh Grossman
United Kingdom Jonathan Sacerdoti
2015 Mexico Benjamin Laniado
2016 South Africa Rowan Polovin
Mexico Enrique Chmelnik

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


  1. ^ "Herzl Award Recipients 2006". Jewish Agency for Israel. May 7, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 

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