Eric Rosenthal, founder and director of Disability Rights International (DRI), who has focused world-wide attention on the inhumane institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities, has been awarded the 2013 Charles Bronfman Prize for his global leadership in the field of human rights, advocating for those most vulnerable to abuse.
Karen Tal, the principal of the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, is the recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize for 2011. The annual prize, which carries a $100,000 award, goes to a young humanitarian whose work is informed and fueled by Jewish values and has broad, global impact that can potentially change lives. Tal's school in southern Tel Aviv serves students of foreign workers, Jewish and Arab Israelis of low socio-economic backgrounds, new immigrants from such places as the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and refugees from Darfur, Sudan, Eritrea and other countries. A documentary film about the school, "Strangers No More," won a 2011 Academy Award for best documentary short subject.