IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East
IIE awarded the 14th annual IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East to three pairs of Jewish Israelis and Muslim Arabs working to advance peace and reduce tensions in the region.
In 2018 three separate initiatives were recognized. Roie Ravitsky and Raed Badir won for their Mosaica Religious Peace Initiative. Dor Dayan and Shadi Khatib won for Middle East Peace Players Tamra/Naharia's All-Star team. Harb Amara and Dr. Nava Sonnenschein won for Change Agents: Jewish and Palestinian Professionals.
IIE awards the IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East annually to recognize outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Arab and one Israeli, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and meeting the goals of the Prize share a US$10,000 prize. The winners are selected by a prestigious international selection committee. Award ceremonies are generally held each June, along with public announcement of the winners to press and social media.
The Nomination Cycle is Now Closed
Check back in fall 2019 when the new award cycle will open. The prize recognizes one Muslim Arab and one Jewish Israeli working together to advance peace in the Middle East.
Goals of the Prize:
- Advance the cause of peace in the Middle East
- Reward those who are courageous and committed to work to overcome the religious, cultural, ethnic and political issues which divide the region
- Break down barriers of hate towards “the other”
- Recognize innovation
- Inspire others working at the grassroots level, and demonstrate that their efforts are worthy of wider recognition
To recognize the full range of excellent work being done in this very difficult and important area, IIE is encouraging applications from any two individuals whose activities meet the criteria and goals outlined above. Eligibility in the past was limited to teams in which one member had some prior connection with IIE’s programs or sponsors. Such prior connection will still get preference in close judgements, but will not automatically determine the winner.
Examples of relevant “prior connection” include State Department programs such as Fulbright Programs, Humphrey Fellowships, International Visitor Leadership Programs, as well as USAID, U.S. Institute for Peace, Ford Foundation and other foundations, government agencies and corporate-sponsored programs associated with IIE.
The 2018 Goldberg Prize recognized three separate initiatives. Roie Ravitsky and Raed Badir won for their Mosaica Religious Peace Initiative. Dor Dayan and Shadi Khatib won for Middle East Peace Players Tamra/Naharia's All-Star team. Harb Amara and Dr. Nava Sonnenschein won for Change Agents: Jewish and Palestinian Professionals. They were honored at a ceremony at America House Jerusalem on June 13th.
“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 and CEO
Goals of the Prize
Learn about the how the IIE Victor J. Goldberg recognizes and celebrates people working to advance peace in the Middle East.Learn more
Call for Nominations
The nomination cycle is currently closed. Check back in Fall 2018 for details on how to apply for the 2019 Goldberg Prize.Learn more
Sarah Stone and Montaser Amro, co-directors of the new Pathways to Peace program through Kids4Peace, received the 2017 IIE Goldberg Prize for their work together to create a brand new curriculum to prepare Israeli and Palestinian youth to be influential leaders for peace within and between their communities. The award is a symbol of the power of international education to bring people together across cultures to solve shared problems.See more winners