Nadav Peoplehood Award 2011

The 2011 NADAV Peoplehood Award was presented on October 23, 2011, to Professor Yehezkel Dror and film director Joseph Cedar at a ceremony in old Jaffa with hundreds of participants in attendance. Professor Dror and Cedar received the award from Leonid Nevzlin, Founder of the NADAV Foundation, and Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the Foundation.

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The NADAV Peoplehood Award, in its third consecutive year, was established to promote and nurture global Jewish unity and belonging among Jews, a feeling that has been weakened in recent years. The award is given to individuals and organizations in the Jewish world as an appreciation for their contribution in strengthening global Jewish identity, and deepening the connection between Jews around the world.


Yehezkel Dror, one of the world’s leading analysts in policy planning and management, is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is also an ‘Israel Prize’ recipient for management. Professor Dror has served as a senior staff member of the RAND Corporation in the United States and also as a Senior Advisor in the Offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers and Ministers of Defense. He has published a number of books and papers in 12 different languages, among them are: Crazy States: A Counterconventional Security Problem; Great Strategy for Israel; The Renewal of Zionism; A Letter to a Jewish-Israeli Leader and Israeli Statecraft: National Security Challenges and Responses.

Professor Dror has dedicated much of his research, books and public activities to identify and promote suitable leadership for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, emphasizing the ideal characteristics of such a leader.

“Throughout his esteemed career, Professor Yehezkel Dror has made it his life’s work to promote Jewish leadership in Israel and around the world,” Leonid Nevzlin, founder of the NADAV Foundation said during the ceremony. “We admire his vision for a leadership that is guided by both Jewish and universal humanitarian values, while simultaneously pushing to strengthen the standing of Israel as the spiritual and humanistic center of the Jewish people.”

Joseph Cedar is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. He has won a Silver Bear and an Ophir Award for Best Director, and an Ophir Award for writing a Best Screenplay. He also won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his film Footnote. His other films include Time of Favor (2000), Campfire (2004) and Beaufort (2007). Footnote (2011), his most recent film, is expected to be a nominee for best foreign film at the 2012 oscars.

“Thanks to director Joseph Cedar`s inspiring movies, millions of people around the world have been exposed to an exceptional and artistic Jewish experience,” said Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the NADAV Foundation. “His movies have also helped in enhancing Jewish pride and strengthening Jewish identity, particularly within the young generation, to better secure our future as a Jewish people”.

Last year the recipients of the NADAV award were Angelica Berrie, President of the Russell Berrie Foundation and Chairman of the Hartman Institute in North America, for her contribution in raising new and pluralistic voices within the Jewish tradition and promoting dialogue between Jews of different backgrounds; and for the video, “We Con The World,” by the Latma Group, following the 2010 flotilla incident. The video garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.

A year prior, in 2009, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, former US Under Secretary of State, received the award for his exceptional and unique contribution to the Jewish people.