Institute of International Education | IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East

“While there is no magic solution, one positive force may be to encourage people to live and work together at the grass roots, learning to trust and depend on one another for their common good.”

Vic Goldberg, IIE Trustee

"The Goldberg IIE Prize will encourage some of the best and the brightest young professionals to contribute their valuable knowledge and experience to the cause of peace in the Middle East, and will reward them for their courage and conviction in doing so."

Allan Goodman, IIE President

Call for Nominations: 2014 IIE Goldberg Prize

The 2014 call for nominations is now closed.

The IIE Goldberg Prize Selection Committee will determine the Prize recipients and announce the winners in the spring of 2014.

2013 Goldberg IIE Prize

In an emergency, immediate response saves lives. Until a few years ago, emergency responders in some Jerusalem neighborhoods were hindered by narrow alleyways, security concerns and lack of appropriate medical equipment and supplies, leaving patients in critical condition with little hope of survival.

Eli Beer and Murad Alyan have worked side by side across religious and cultural divides to change that. Mr. Beer, a Jewish citizen of Israel, and Mr. Alyan, an Arab citizen of Israel, received the Goldberg Prize in recognition of their work in bringing Jewish and Arab volunteers together through United Hatzalah of Israel to provide immediate emergency services to all people, without regard to race, religion or national origin.

 Meet the 2013 Winners

Goals of the Prize

  • To advance the cause of peace in the Middle East
  • To bring people together across religious, cultural, ethnic, and political divides
  • To break down barriers of hate towards "the other"
  • To recognize innovation and reward those who are courageous and committed enough to work to overcome the religious, cultural, ethnic and political issues which divide the region
  • To inspire others in the U.S. and the Middle East
  • To motivate current and future IIE grantees to work toward peace in the Middle East

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