The Charles Bronfman Prize Announces International Call For 2012 Nominations

Search for Young Humanitarians Inspired by Jewish Values to Make a Global Impact

Nominations for $100,000 Award Accepted Beginning November 1st

Tel Aviv – Karen Tal, an Israel educator who works with disadvantaged youth and pursues opportunity through education for those at the lowest rungs of Israeli society, formally received The Charles Bronfman Prize here on September 7.

Each year the Prize celebrates the vision and accomplishment of an individual or team, under the age of 50, whose humanitarian work has had a significant impact on the world’s most pressing challenges.

The deadline for nominations is January 13. Guidelines and forms may be downloaded at An internationally recognized panel of Judges will select the 2012 Prize recipient(s) and present the award of $100,000 in the fall.

The first Charles Bronfman Prize was presented in 2004 when Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Stephen Bronfman, along with their spouses, Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman, established the Prize to honor their father, his values and his commitment to young people.

“The nomination criteria for The Charles Bronfman Prize are deeply inspired by the legacy of our father, who believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world,” the Prize Founders said in a joint statement. “His humanitarian instincts are expressed through a Jewish universalism we are proud to share.

“We seek to identify a diverse and global pool of nominees, representing the range of humanitarian effort. We rely on committed nominating teams to tell us amazing stories of candidates who have significantly contributed to the betterment of the world. Inspired by Jewish values, they are transformative examples of change. We look forward to announcing the 2012 recipient next spring and to bringing attention to his or her vision and work.”

The 2012 recipient will join a growing fellowship of Prize laureates who exhibit leadership, innovation and impact.  All are next generation leaders whose vision and strategies for change have delivered measurable results and continue to represent what the Prize was established to celebrate.

Past recipients represent a range of endeavors and accomplishments in the fields of social justice, medicine and science, the environment, education and human rights.

They include Jay Feinberg, Founder and Executive Director of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation; Dr. Alon Tal, Founder of Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Dr. Amitai Ziv, Founder and Director of the Israel Center for Medical Simulation; Rachel Andres, Founder and Director of Jewish World Watch’s Solar Cooker Project; Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, Co-Founders of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP); Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint; Jared Genser, Founder and President of Freedom Now; and Karen Tal, former principal of the Bialik-Rogozin Campus and co-founder of The Educational Initiatives Center in Israel.

“Each year, nominators from distinguished international institutions, both public and private, help us identify accomplished nominees whose passionate purpose deserves our attention and our respect,” said James Wolfensohn, former head of the World Bank, on behalf of the Prize judges. 

“We are privileged to learn about remarkable young people whose Jewish values inspire them to repair the world and serve the interests of humanity. The endeavors and accomplishments of nominees are often untold. We seek to draw attention to them so that future generations will be inspired by their example.”

About The Charles Bronfman Prize

The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual or team under the age of 50 whose humanitarian work is inspired by Jewish values and whose accomplishments are of universal benefit.  The Prize brings public recognition to their work and impact, providing inspiration to the next generations. An internationally recognized panel of Judges selects the Prize recipient(s) and bestows an award of $100,000.

The Charles Bronfman Prize Foundation, a United States 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in New York, administers the Prize.  For more information about Charles Bronfman, The Prize or prior recipients and their accomplishments, please visit