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Social entrepreneur David Hertz wins Bronfman Prize

(JTA) – David Hertz, a Jewish social entrepreneur from Brazil, was named the winner of the 2019 Charles Bronfman Prize on Sept. 1, in recognition of his efforts to alleviate global hunger. The award comes with $100,000 in prize money. Hertz is cofounder of Gastromotiva, a 13-year-old Brazilian-based organization that fights unemployment and social inequality and uses cooking classes and nutrition education as tools to “create opportunities for those living on the margins of society” in Brazil, El Salvador, South Africa and Mexico. During the 2016 Rio Olympics, Hertz opened the Refettorio Gastromotiva with renowned chef Massimo Botura and journalist Alexandra Forbes as a no-food-waste cooking school and restaurant. The Charles Bronfman Prize honors humanitarians under age 50 “whose innovative work, informed by Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.” Previous winners of the prize include refugee rights activist Rebecca Heller and Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

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