Yesterday nine Israelis were awarded the Israel Prize, the state’s highest civilian honor for those who display excellence in their field or make a strong contribution to Israeli culture. Among those honored was Chaim Topol, the 79-year-old veteran actor.
Topol is best known for playing Tevye in both the stage and film versions of Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to acting, Topol also founded the Jordan River Village, a camp for kids suffering from life-threatening diseases. He still makes regular visits to the camp, which The Fellowship supported last summer during Operation Protective Edge.
The members of the committee who awarded the prize noted that “Topol has been one of the central pillars of Israel's cultural life for many years now. His diverse stage appearances earned the state of Israel a lot of respect. His activity left a mark on the foundations and infrastructures which led to the development of the entire field, and its influence is still evident in Israeli folklore, singing, acting, and entertainment.”
We add our congratulations, as well as appreciation for Topol's compassionate work.