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Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Foundation) is a Rothschild family philanthropic Foundation in Israel. Currently, Yad Hanadiv operates in five fields: Education, Environment, Academic Excellence, Civil Society and Arab Community. It funds and operates Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens and Nature Park and is engaged in a project to renew the National Library of Israel.
Yad Hanadiv was established in memory of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild (“The well-known benefactor”), and continues his spirit and legacy. In its current form, the Foundation was established in 1958. Its first Chairperson was Dorothy de Rothschild, who served in this position until 1988. In 1989 Lord Rothschild (Jacob) was appointed Chair and he serves in this position to this day. Ariel Weiss serves as the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.
Yad Hanadiv was instrumental in the construction of the Knesset building and The Supreme Court of Israel, and in the establishment of Educational Television, The Open University, The Centre for Educational Technology, Centre for Science Education (HEMDA), MANOF Youth Village, The Jerusalem Music Centre at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, The Institute for Advanced Studies, The Water Research Institute at the Technion, The Environment and Health Fund, The Israel Institute for School Leadership (Avney Rosha), the GuideStar Israel database of non-profit organizations, and other institutions. Yad Hanadiv funds and operates Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens and Nature Park and has entered into a partnership with the Government and the Library in a project of renewal of the National Library of Israel.
Prizes and Fellowships
The Foundation grants prizes and fellowships through several programmes: The Rothschild Prize, The Rothschild Fellowship for doctoral students who seek to continue studies outside of Israel, and The Rothschild Prize in Education in Memory of Max Rowe. Since 2012 The Michael Bruno Memorial Award for researchers under the age of 50, who have been recognized as having potential for breakthroughs in their field has been operated by the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The National Library of Israel
Yad Hanadiv's support for the National Library renewal includes the funding, together with the Gottesman Family, of construction of a new National Library building on a triangular plot facing the Knesset, which was donated by the Israeli government. The new library building is being designed by the Swiss firm of Herzog & de Meuron.