Our Foundation continues to do well in 2012.
Our Beit Tzipora Centers for Study and Enrichment in Israel, which provide desperately needed after-school educational programs for close to 1,000 Ethiopian-Israeli children and teenagers, remain among the Foundation’s most important projects. We continue to prepare these students to excel in their higher education and their examinations. Also, many of the children have found joy in our music and tennis programs.
Our Ethics Essay Contest in U.S. universities and colleges continues to grow. Last year we began accepting essays online for the first time ever and it was a resounding success. By engaging students through the internet and social media we increased submissions and their quality dramatically.
At this fall’s benefit Gala, the Elie Wiesel Foundation bestowed its inaugural Arts for Humanity Award on acclaimed actor and humanitarian Tom Hanks. The event celebrated the numerous charitable endeavors of Mr. Hanks. In recognizing artists not only for their intrinsic talent but for their concern for others, the Arts for Humanity Award highlights the important role performers are able to play in global philanthropy. Future honorees will continue to reflect the essential values which the Foundation holds dear.
2012 was a positive year for our small Foundation.