Lion of Zion Winners 2018
Yoske Lotenberg represents an entire generation of people who put their lives on the line in order to establish the State of Israel. Yoske joined the Palmach in 1945 and took part in battles for the establishment of the State of Israel, serving in the famed Harel Brigade. His numerous battles read as a history of the founding of Israel – the battle for the Kastel protecting Jerusalem, the armored carriers breaking through the city’s siege, Nebi Samuel and more. Yoske was seriously wounded but continued to fight with his brigade. He is currently a member of the Palmach organization and one of the founders of its Tel Aviv museum. Yoske’s son Eitan was a combat soldier in the Yom Kippur war, and was declared missing in action, located only months later in the Sinai desert and laid to rest. In the past, he served as chairman of the IDF Disabled Veterans organization and today is a key activist in Yad Labanim – memorium to Israel’s fallen soldiers.
The Lion of Zion Award
Our Lion of Zion Award winners are Israeli men and women acting from a feeling of personal responsibility, vision and national mission, each in his field, and often while sacrificing their personal welfare and even endangering their personal security.
This award is for Israeli citizens, residents of Israel, who best personify modern Zionism in Israel in their actions addressing the challenges that face Zionism today – in spheres such as education, research, settlement, culture, defense and security.
The Prize Committee: Mrs. Cherna Moskowitz – Committee Chair, Prof. Moshe Arens, Rabbi Yedidya Atlas, Amb. Yoram Ettinger, Caroline Glick, Brig. General Avigdor Kahalani, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Rabbi Daniel Moskowitz, Special Academic Advisor: Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Yisrael Aumann, Director: Ruth J. Lieberman