2014 was an eventful year in which The Foundation underwent a lot of growth.
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 in its 26th year, and our online application system has been integral in streamlining the submission process. Our contest challenges juniors and seniors to submit essays on the urgent ethical issues that confront them in today’s complex world.
At this spring’s benefit Gala, the Elie Wiesel Foundation bestowed its Arts for Humanity Award on acclaimed actor and humanitarian George Clooney. The event celebrated the numerous charitable endeavors of Mr. Clooney. 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.
Our Tomorrow’s Leaders conference series continued in June when we convened over 40 international students in Dublin, Ireland for a week-long event discussing the role of ethics in today’s technologically-advanced world. The students were joined by the President of Ireland, six Nobel Laureates, leaders from the world of television journalism, twelve of our former Ethics Essay Contest winners, and Chelsea Clinton, who led a day devoted to women’s issues in today’s global societies. The conference was a great success, measured by reactions from the participants, leaders and from the continuing conversations the topics sparked through online blogs and webpages.
2014 was a positive year for our small Foundation, and we continue to do well in 2015.