(By Sarah Bechor)
Let me ask you a question.
What do basketball, the courtroom, Christianity, Netflix, modeling, and politics all have in common?
Most of the year, absolutely nothing.
But this week- the week before Hanukkah- absolutely everything.
Amare Stoudemire, Alan Dershowitz, Pastor John Hagee, Lior Raz, Adar Gandelsman and David Friedman all have a common denominator: their support for Israel and Tikun Olam. These 6 famous individuals are only 6 of the 62 nominees that might receive the Korenvaes Miracle Award this year.
The what award?
Let’s back up a minute and start from the beginning.
The Korenvaes Miracle Award was created last year as a way for people in the world to vote for who they think deserves the most recognition for supporting Israel and Tikkun Olam. 62 people are listed on this website and all you need to do is vote for 8 individuals, one for each night of Chanukah, that you believe should be honored for their commitment to Tikun Olam and Israel.
Each night of Chanukah, United Hatzalah will publicly award one of the honorees with the most votes at its HQ in Jerusalem, and the winners will receive a beautiful award and a special gift from United Hatzalah.
(Oh- and did we mention that after voting you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle to win a FREE FLIGHT TO ISRAEL and 4 nights of accommodation at a hotel? So yalla, it’s worth it.)
Last year’s honorees were: Ben Shapiro, Nikki Haley, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Cherna Moskowitz, Alan Dershowitz, Bibi Netanyahu, Steven Spielberg, and Sheryl Sandberg.
What does all this have to do with United Hatzalah? Good question.
Here is the simple answer. United Hatzalah contains Tikkun Olam in its very own DNA. They have spread their innovation, which was born, bred and spread in Israel, all around the world to countries such as Panama, Brazil, India, the United States, Ukraine, and Argentina. Its innovative model which combines the iconic ambucycle, their highly developed “Uber-like” system that locates the medics, and the volunteers, is what people like about this organization. But what do people love about United Hatzalah? That it’s making the world a better place, in essence, it promotes Tikkun Olam. It is bringing together Arabs, Jews, Christians, secular and religious. It is creating a bridge between two hostile neighbors. It is bringing Israel one step closer to peace between rivalries. It metamorphosizes “regular” men and women into the heroes of Israel. It takes humanity and uses its strengths to help the community at large. It invites its very own citizens of Israel, the dressmaker, hairdresser and garbage man, to become lifesaving individuals who get instilled with self-worth after they start making a difference in the world. United Hatzalah is saving Israeli lives every single day but the ripple effects of this organization will stamp its impression all around the world forever.
Below is a list of this year’s nominees:
Adar Gandelsman, Israeli model and Miss Israel 2017, MC for UH Gala
Alan Dershowitz, American lawyer and academic, friend and supporter of UH
Amare Stoudemire, American-Israeli basketball player
Bar Refaeli, Israeli model
Ben Bernanke, American economist
Ben Shapiro, American commentator
Bibi Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
Bill Maher, American comedian
Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter
Brigitte Gabriel, American-Lebanese author
Cherna Moskowitz, Philanthropist and supporter of UH
Cheryl Saban, American author
Chuck Schumer, United States Senator
David Axelrod, Former Senior Advisor to the President
David Friedman, United States Ambassador to Israel.
Dennis Prager, American radio host
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Former French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry
Dov Glickman, Israeli film actor, known as father in Netflix hit “Shtisel”
Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel
Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Eric Cantor, former United States Representative
Gal Gadot, Israeli actress
Haim Saban, Media proprietor, and philanthropist
Harold Grinspoon, an American real estate developer, and philanthropist
Howard Stern, American radio personality
Jay Leno, American comedian and dear friend of United Hatzalah
JK Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter Series
Joe Lieberman, Former United States Senator
Kanye West, American rapper
Lee Rosenberg, United States District Judge
Lior Raz, Director/Producer, and Actor for Netflix hit show “Fauda”
Lior Suchard, Israeli mentalist
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Mati Kochavi, Businessman and Philanthropist
Mayim Bialik, American actress known for the big bang theory
Michael Aloni, an Israeli actor known for Netflix hit show Shtisel
Michael Douglas, Actor
Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and philanthropist
Miriam Adelson, an American-Israeli philanthropist
Mort Fridman, AIPAC President
Natalie Portman, Israeli- American Actress
Natan Sharansky, Israeli politician, human rights activist
Neta, Eurovision winner 2018
Neta Riskin, Israeli actress known for Netflix hit show Shtisel
Nikki Haley, Former Governor of South Carolina
Nuseir Yassin, aka Nas Daily, Vlogger
Omri Casspi, Israeli basketball player
Pastor John Hagee, an American pastor
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Member of Parliament and former chief rabbi of UK
Rahm Emanuel, Former Mayor of Chicago
Renne Willett American actress and supporter of UH
Roman Abramovich, Israeli-Russian businessman
Rona Lee Shimon, Actress and star on Netflix hit “Fauda”
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Sacha Baron Cohen, Actor and Comedian
Sarah Silverman, American stand-up comedian
Scarlett Johansson, Actress
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
Seth Rogen, American-Canadian actor
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and friend of UH
Steven Spielberg, American filmmaker
Sylvan Adams, Businessman
GO VOTE: HERE
Please note: You may only vote once and if you win the free ticket, you will be asked to share your picture and name for publicizing on social media.