MFA Founder — Dr. Georgette Bennett — Granted an Inaugural Global Impact Award

MFA Founder, Dr. Georgette Bennett to be Granted an Inaugural Global Impact Award in the Presence of President of Israel Reuven Rivlin

Dr. Georgette Bennett, the founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, has been announced as one of the winners of the inaugural Global Impact Awards, which will be conferred in the presence of the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin tomorrow evening, January 16, 2019, in Tel Aviv.

The Global Impact Awards – a joint initiative of the Society for International Development (SID) Israel, Walla! News, OLAM, and additional partners – will honor 6 Israelis who have positively impacted the developing world alongside 2 non-Israeli citizens who have made a meaningful contribution towards international development and humanitarian aid while forging partnerships between Israel and the global Jewish community.

"Dr. Bennett is the embodiment of why we created this award in the first place. Not only has she transformed the lives of vulnerable Syrian refugees, but she has done so in deep partnership with Israel and the global Jewish community," said Dyonna Ginsburg, Executive Director of OLAM, a network of 54 Jewish and Israeli organizations working in global service, international development, and humanitarian aid, and one of the initiators of the award.

Dr. Bennett is being recognized for her ground-breaking work at the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), the USA’s leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Over the past 2 years, MFA has shipped $120 million of relief items to Israeli ports, where they were then transported by the IDF to the Golan Heights and turned over to NGOs in southwest Syria. This effort sustained hospitals and family clinics, equipped a maternity ward, and established a baking facility. In addition, MFA has reached more than 11,000 people through in-person awareness-raising events about the Syrian refugee crisis, most involving Dr. Bennett herself.

Dr. Bennett, a child of Holocaust survivors and a refugee, sits on the Board of the International Rescue Committee; founded the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; and is the Board Chair of the Jewish Funders Network.

The Global Impact Awards were selected via a public committee of prominent personalities from the Israeli media, business, academic, and nonprofit sectors alongside representation from the global Jewish community, including Chief Rabbi of the UK Ephraim Mirvis.

The other award to a non-Israeli citizen will go to Jean-Claude Nkulikiyimfura, Executive Director of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a holistic living and learning community in Rwanda modeled after the Israeli youth village Yemin Orde.