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Nominations open for Jerusalem Unity Prize

( Nominations are currently being accepted for the second annual Jerusalem Unity Prize, which honors individuals who significantly promote unity in Jewish communities. The newest additions to the prize committee are Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharanksy and former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Benny Gantz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced this week. The prize was launched by Barkat (the committee’s chair), the Israeli non-profit Gesher, and the families of the three Jewish teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas in Gush Etzion in the summer of 2014 (Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach). It was inspired by the global Jewish unity that was displayed while the teens were missing but not yet known to be dead. Nominations for the unity prize will be accepted through Feb. 4 via Prizes of up to NIS 300,000 (about $75,000) will be awarded to unity initiatives on the local, national, and global levels.

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