The prestigious Israel Prize will be awarded to 11 Israeli figures today, which include researchers from fields such as Life Science, Religious Studies, Geography, Chemistry, Physics and Linguistics, alongside those who stood out in their contribution to the State of Israel and Israeli society.







The winners of the 2016 Israel Prize

The winners of the 2016 Israel Prize Photo Credit: Shlomi Amsalem, GPO / Channel 2 News

The Israel Prize Awards Ceremony will be held today (Thursday) at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Supreme Court of Israel Miriam Naor and other senior-level Israeli officials.

The eleven winners of this year’s awards will receive the prestigious prize for their contribution, each in their respective field, ranging from research to culture to community service. Each of the winners will receive a prize of 75 thousand shekels, but the prestige of the award is even higher.

 And these are this year’s Israel Prize winners:

 Prof. Eviatar Nevo, for his contribution in Life Science research. Nevo is an Evolutionary Biology Professor from Haifa University, and one of the first and most important researchers of flora and fauna in the area of Israel and its neighbors.







 Prof. Eviatar Nevo

Prof. Eviatar Nevo Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Rabbi Eli Sadan, for his special contribution to the State of Israel and Israeli society. Sadan established the Bnei David pre-army IDF preparatory yeshiva, which aims to integrate young religious Israelis in leadership positions in the IDF and Israeli security and civil organizations.

Prof. David Shulman, for his contribution in Philosophy and Religious Studies research. Shulman is a brilliant and groundbreaking researcher focusing on the religion, literature and culture of Southern India.

Former Maj. Gen. Doron Almog, for his special contribution to the State of Israel and Israeli society. Almog served the State of Israel throughout his life in a series of command positions in the IDF during wars and courageous military operations. The father of a child with severe autism, Almog initiated the establishment of the ALEH rehabilitation center.







Rabbi Eli Sadan

Rabbi Eli Sadan Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90 / Channel 2 News

Hadas Efrat, for his contribution in the field of stage performance. Efrat is a interdisciplinary artist who initiated the establishment and managed a series of important, innovative and influential art institutions in Israel.

Prof. Yohanan Friedmann, for his contribution in the field of Near East Studies. Friedmann is a internationally renowned expert on the history of Islam.

Prof. Yossi Katz, for his contribution in Geography, Israel Studies and Archeology research. Katz is an internationally renowned expert on the history of Jewish settlement in Israel in modern era, the Zionist efforts to establish the Jewish State in Israel during the British Mandate and the issue of holocaust victims’ property.







Nurit Hirsh

Nurit Hirsh Photo Credit : Tomer Neuberg, Flash 90 / Channel 2 News

Prof Meir Lahav and Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz, for their contribution in Chemistry and Physics research. Together, the two researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science have made important breakthroughs in understanding the self-assemblies of chiral structures, which serves as a basis for understanding natural processes that could help develop advanced medication in the future.

Nurit Hirsh, for her contribution in the field of Israeli folk music and art. Hirsh is one of the most prominent and talented composers in the Israeli music scene, and her 50 years of creation have left a mark on the soundtrack of the State of Israel in the past two decades.

Prof. Edit Doron, for her contribution in the field of Linguistics. A Linguistics Professor from the Hebrew University, Doron has conducted groundbreaking studies in comparative analysis between modern and biblical Hebrew.







Prof. Edit Doron

Prof. Edit Doron Photo Credit: Shlomi Amsalem, GPO / Channel 2 News