Netflix, sports & politics: a Hanukkah initiative

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 Hanukkah, that you believe should be honored for their commitment to Tikun Olam and Israel.

Each night of Hanukkah, 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, America, 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, 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, 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.

About the Author
Sarah Bechor is a freelance writer in addition to her full-time job at United Hatzalah. She made Aliyah in 2007 and now lives with her husband and children in Gush Etzion.
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