Today is February 23, 2018 -
An inspirational video entitled “Superman’s got nothing on Israel!” received the top prize at the first-ever “Inspired by Israel” video contest this week.
The winners of the contest — sponsored by the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, 12 Tribes Film Foundation, Israel Video Network and Rogatka — were announced on Sunday and awarded at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem. According to the sponsors, the goal of the contest was to “entertain, educate, and inspire people about Israel.”
Grand prize-winner Rachel Lester from Los Angeles, received $7,500 for her “Superman’s got nothing on Israel!” submission. A junior at the University of Southern California, where she is majoring in cognitive science and minoring in digital studies, Lester said in a statement: “Taking part in the first-ever ‘Inspired by Israel’ contest was incredibly rewarding not only to see how much my friends, family, and community came together to support me, but to see and hear firsthand how many people were touched by my video. This contest gave me the opportunity to spread my love for Israel’s humanitarian aid farther than I ever thought possible, so I’m very happy that I got a chance to participate. Winning the grand prize, especially as a non-professional full-time student who made the video completely on my own, was an incredible that I can’t even put into words!”
The runner-up prize went to Joshua Fleisher, a Jerusalem-based videographer, for his “Incredible Video of a Jerusalem Secret,” for which he received $2,500.
Submissions were received from “from people of wide-ranging backgrounds and faiths from 15 countries, including the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada, Finland, Panama, Australia, Germany, Philippines, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Malaysia, and Taiwan,” organizers said.
“We are so excited and inspired by each and every one of these incredible videos. The true winner is Israel! So many people were able to see so many different facets of the thriving and dynamic Jewish state,” said Avi Abelow, founder of 12Tribe Films/IsraelVideoNetwork.com
A panel of judges included radio host Dennis Prager, Emmy Award-winner Robert J. Avrech, Deputy CEO of the Israeli-American Council Miri Belsky, Zula Chief Marketing Officer Hillel Fuld, Israeli journalist and TV anchor Lital Shemesh, founder and owner of Rogatka Shlomo Blass, and co-founder of Talk Israel Gadi Rouache.