Jerusalem Foundation Awarded Prestigious Premio Roma Culture Prize

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Jerusalem Foundation Awarded Prestigious Premio Roma Culture Prize

 

In a ceremony held in July in Rome, the Jerusalem Foundation was awarded the highly-regarded Premio Roma prize for its contribution to culture and the arts in Jerusalem. The Premio Roma is awarded each year to a different author or country in recognition of their contribution to cross-cultural awareness and to deepening ties between different countries and populations. The prize was granted this year to Israel and given to the Jerusalem Foundation, which uses the arts to bridge the gap between residents of diverse backgrounds and advance tolerance and co-existence in the country's capital. A special emphasis was placed at the ceremony on the historic interaction and the connection and similiarities between Rome and Jerusalem.

 

Israeli author Zeruya Shalev also received the award in recognition of her works which have been translated to Italian and contribute to bringing the people of Israel and Italy together. Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua received the prize in 2008 and Jewish-Italian writer Elena Loewenthal received it in 2009.

 

The prize was given at La Sapienza University in Rome. Israel's Ambassador to Italy, Naor Gillon, and President of Rome's Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, received the award on behalf of the State of Israel together with Jerusalem Foundation representative Tamar Millo, Director of the Foundation's Italian Desk. "We are thrilled that the Jerusalem Foundation was chosen to receive the Premio Roma and that we are being recognized in such a wonderful way for our contributions to the city," said Tamar Millo.