(JNS.org) On its 66th Independence Day, Israel on Tuesday awarded 10 individuals with the Israel Prize, the state's highest honor.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein, Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis, Education Minister Shai Piron, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat were present at the ceremony in Jerusalem.
This year, two lifetime achievement honors were awarded. One was given to Avinoam Naor, who founded the traffic safety organization Or Yarok. He was honored for his work to reduce the number of road accident fatalities. The second lifetime achievement award was given to Adina Bar-Shalom, who founded the Haredi College in Jerusalem. She was honored for working to promote higher education in the haredi community.
The other prize winners were Prof. Shamma Yehuda Friedman of Bar-Ilan University for Talmudic research, Prof. Mordechai Segev of the Technion-Institute of Technology in Physics, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein in Jewish Religious Literature, Hebrew University emeritus Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin in Medicine, Prof. Irad Malkin of Tel Aviv University for historical research, Prof. Yaacov Katan of Hebrew University in Agricultural Research and Environmental Science, Prof. Michal Na’aman in Visual Arts, and Hebrew University Prof. Haim Levy for Managerial Science.
“The laureates give testimony to the importance of responsibility in our lives. Alongside the creation, entrepreneurship and innovation of their activities, they sought to make their contribution: to place many students, to make their voices heard and did not give up on the balance between research and comprehensive practices,” Piron said.