2012 Nadav peoplehood award

The 2012 NADAV Peoplehood Award was presented to Elie Wiesel and Avishai Cohen for their personal commitment to empowering Jews around the world.

Elie Wiesel is widely acknowledged and decorated writer, journalist, and a Human Rights Activist.  After surviving the extermination camps, he began engaging in global action to commemorate the Holocaust and its lessons, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements. Wiesel has authored numerous books that deal with the tragedy of the Jewish People in the twentieth century, as well as the Jewish heritage that was a central part of his childhood.

He was the Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council until 1986, when he established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, whose goal is to fight against racism and intolerance through dialogue and education.

Avishai Cohen is an internationally acknowledged Israeli Jazz musician. He served In the IDF military band for two years and his musical career flourished when he was living in New York and began experimenting and collaborating with various musicians, such as Chick Corea.  He served as the Artistic Director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, performed worldwide and released thirteen albums so far, among which is his recent album, Duende.  His musical creation combines traditional Jewish elements with modern jazz in a rich variety of styles.