Yakir Yerushalayim

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Yakir Yerushalayim (Hebrew: יַקִּיר יְרוּשָׁלַיִם; English: Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem) is an annual citizenship prize in Jerusalem, Israel, inaugurated in 1967.

The prize is awarded annually by the municipality of the City of Jerusalem to one or more residents of the city who have contributed to the cultural and educational life of the city in some outstanding way.[1] Prize recipients must be over 65 years old. They are selected by a five-panel committee appointed by the mayor, which reviews the candidates and selects a long-time resident of Jerusalem whose work on behalf of the city or life story is an inspiration to others.[1] The award ceremony is held on Yom Yerushalayim.[1]

Recommendations for the award are submitted by city council members. The final selection among the nominees takes place in the spring.[2]


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Year Name Description and Comments
1967 Ben-Zion Dinur Educator, historian and Israeli government minister
1967 Samuel Hugo Bergmann Jewish philosopher
1967 Naftali Herz Tur-Sinai Bible scholar, an author, and linguist
1967 Shlomo Yosef Zevin Eminent Orthodox rabbi
1968 Yitzhak Baer Historian and expert in medieval Spanish Jewish history
1968 Ludwig Blum[3] Jerusalem painter
1968 Berl Locker Zionist activist and Isrraeli politician
1968 Benjamin Mazar Historian and archaeologist
1968 Rachel Shazar (née Katznelson) Political figure, wife of Zalman Shazar, the third President of Israel
1968 Miriam Yalan-Shteklis Children's author
1969 David Benvenisti Historian and geographer
1969 William F. Albright Archaeologist and biblical scholar
1969 Gershom Scholem Jewish philosopher and historian
1970 Simon Halkin Poet and novelist
1970 Pinchas Litvinovsky Artist
1970 Moshe Rachmilewitz Physician
1970 Anna Ticho Artist
1974 Mordecai Ardon Artist
1974 Moshe Zvi Segal (Rabbi) Rabbi and prominent member of Etzel and Lechi
1974 Zev Vilnay Geographer
1977 Marc Chagall Artist
1980 Louis Isaac Rabinowitz Deputy mayor of Jerusalem, rabbi and philologist
1981 Leo Picard Geologist and expert in the field of hydrology
1982 Walter Frankl[4] Botanist
1984 Nahman Avigad Archaeologist
1984 Nathan J. Saltz University professor and surgeon
1984 Reuven Shari Israeli politician
1988 Elisheva Cohen[5] Israel Museum curator
1989 Marcel-Jacques Dubois Roman Catholic theologian and professor of religion at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1989 Joshua Prawer Historian
1989 Zerach Warhaftig Israeli lawyer and politician
1990 Israel Eldad (Scheib) Former Zionist political activist and Revisionist Zionist philosopher
1991 Yaakov Arnon Israeli politician
1991 Reuven Feuerstein[6] Psychologist and director of the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential
1992 Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz Children's author
1995 Colette Béatrice Aboulker-Muscat Natural physician
1995 Zehava Malkiel Activist for the International Council of Jewish Women
1995 Josef Tal Composer
1996 Avraham Biran Archaeologist and excavator of Tel Dan
1997 Martin Kieselstein[7] Doctor, assistance to the elderly of Jerusalem
1997 Jacob Sheskin Professor at Hadassah Hospital, head of the Hansen Hospital in Jerusalem
2000 Itzhak Nener Jurist who served as vice president of Liberal International, cofounded the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, and was elected to the Municipality of Jerusalem
2001 Menachem Elon Professor of Law specializing in Mishpat Ivri, justice on the Israeli Supreme Court and as its Deputy President
2002 Yechiel Grebelsky[8] Pioneer of Jerusalem stone industry
2002 Yehuda Kiel Educator and bible commentator, who headed the Da'at Miqra project
2002 Meier Schwarz Professor emeritus for plant physiology and director of the Synagogue Memorial
2002 Els Bendheim[9] Born and raised in Amsterdam, contributed to helping medical and educational institutions in Jerusalem
2004 Miriam Ben-Porat Former Supreme Court judge and former State Comptroller
2004 Netiva Ben Yehuda Author, editor, and former soldier of the Palmach
2005 Shlomo Merzel Educator and director of Horev Torah institutions
2006 Robert (Israel) Aumann Nobel Prize–winning mathematician
2006 Emanuel Zisman Israeli politician and former ambassador
2007 Geulah Cohen Israeli politician and journalist
2008 Yehuda Bauer Historian and Professor of Holocaust Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2010 David Kroyanker Architect and architectural historian of Jerusalem
2010 Nahum Rakover Professor emeritus of Bar-Ilan University and former Deputy Attorney General
2010 Shulamit Kishik-Cohen[10] Israeli spy who worked to rescue Jews from Arab countries
2012 Shlomo Aronson Landscape Architect and City Planner
2013 Ruth Kark Historical geographer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2014 Chaim Yeshayahu Hadari Rabbi, founding Rosh Yeshiva and current Rosh Yeshiva emeritus of Yeshivat Hakotel in the Old City[11]
2014 Rachel Bamberger Chalkowski Chief Midwife at Shaare Zedek and founder of important charity Matan B'Seter Bamb[12]
2016 Menashe Eichler [13] Military volunteer
2017 Adin Steinsaltz[14] Chabad Chasidic rabbi, teacher, philosopher, social critic, author, translator and publisher
2020 Tamar Peretz[15] Israeli doctor and researcher, professor at the Hebrew University School of Medicine in Jerusalem.

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  1. ^ a b c Nominations for Yakir Yerushalayim
  2. ^ No Yakir Yerushalayim for Reform rabbi
  3. ^ Gallery website: Ludwig Blum
  4. ^ JNUL - Department of Archives
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Jewish Women: Elisheva Cohen
  6. ^ ICELP website - Professional Team members
  7. ^ Jerusalem Artists' House: Dr. Martin Kieselstein
  8. ^ Stone World: Grebelsky
  9. ^ "יקירי העיר - לפני שנת 2004 (התשס"ד)".
  10. ^ Eichner, Itamar (22 May 2017). "Israeli national hero and undercover spy laid to rest". Ynetnews. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  11. ^ "חדשות - ישיבת הכתל".
  12. ^ "matanbseterbambi.com".
  13. ^ https://yated.com/the-guardian-of-meron// The Guardian of Meron
  14. ^ https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ailing-steinsaltz-made-yakir-yerushalayim-during-visit-by-mayor-493705/Recovering Steinsaltz made 'Yakir Yerushalayim' during visit by mayor, The Jerusalem Post
  15. ^ https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/he/city/yakir/yakir2020/ 'Yakir Yerushalayim' 2020

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