The Charles Bronfman Prize Now Accepting Nominations for 2022

NEW YORK, May 3 — The Charles Bronfman Prize is now accepting nominations through August 18th for its 2022 Prize.  The $100,000 award is presented each year to an individual or team whose innovative humanitarian work, fueled by Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.  Nomination forms and guidelines can be found on the Prize website. An international panel of judges will select the Prize, which will be announced in January 2022.

The Prize was founded as a gift to Charles Bronfman on his 70th birthday, by his children and their spouses as a tribute to the values and innovative spirit that have served as a compass throughout his life. It celebrates the inspiration and impact of humanitarians under 50 whose endeavors inspire future generations.

The global reach of The Charles Bronfman Prize laureates encompasses diverse issues such as criminal justice reform, immigration and refugees, medicine, the environment, education, humanitarian relief, human rights, and the arts. “We want to identify change makers whose work has a positive impact on the world,” notes Ellen Bronfman Hauptman on behalf of The Prize Founders. “We are so proud of all of our laureates and the tremendous work they continue to do well beyond their Prize year.”

The Charles Bronfman Prize laureates are recognized as leaders and experts in their field. Some recent highlights include: a USA Today opinion piece on refugees co-authored by Sasha Chanoff, 2010 Prize recipient, founder and executive director of RefugePoint; a feature cover story on 2021 recipients Drs. Jessica Beckerman and Ari Johnson co-founders of Muso, in Jewish News; an NPR interview of 2010 recipient Jared Genser, founder of Freedom Now, about American detainees in Iran, and his CNN opinion piece on Myanmar; a profile of 2019 recipient Brazilian chef David Hertz, co-founder and president of Gastromotiva, in the Christian Science Monitor on alleviating world hunger during the pandemic.

Moreover, Prize laureates have attained subsequent noteworthy recognition from other distinguished organizations. For example, Rebecca Heller, 2015 Prize recipient, director and co-founder of International Refugee Assistance Project, was named a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow in 2019, and in 2020 Israeli author Etgar Keret, 2016 Prize recipient, won Israel’s most prestigious literary award, the Sapir Prize,

“Each of The Prize laureates is tackling today’s urgent problems that affect millions of people around the world,” Charles Bronfman notes. “I continue to be impressed by their commitment, humility, passion and leadership.”

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