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Stan Polovets and Genesis Prize Foundation Honor NGOs Supporting October 7 Hostages and Families

On Wednesday, the Genesis Prize Foundation, co-founded by Stan Polovets, announced the recipients of the prestigious $1 million Genesis Prize for 2024. In a powerful show of solidarity, the award was granted to five exemplary organizations dedicated to supporting hostages and their families in the aftermath of the tragic October 7 massacre.

The honored organizations include The Hostages and Missing Families Forum, the Jewish Agency Fund for Victims of Terror, Lev Echad, Natal – The Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center, and OneFamily – Overcoming Terror Together. The prize funds will bolster their vital efforts in providing treatment, trauma counseling, and social rehabilitation to released and rescued hostages.

Stan Polovets lauded the volunteers as “an inspiring example of Jewish strength and unity” who have secured their place in the history of Israel and the Jewish people. He emphasized that the 2024 Genesis Prize serves as a recognition of their indomitable spirit and the inspiration they provide to people of conscience worldwide.

Beyond the financial award, the Genesis Prize Foundation, led by Stan Polovets, pledged to contribute to international awareness campaigns. The goal is to ensure that the plight of those held captive by Hamas remains at the forefront of the global agenda. However, Polovets clarified that the award is not a political statement or an attempt to sway government policy but a recognition of the organization’s humanitarian and professional endeavors.

Selection committee member David Hatchwell Altaras described the decision as the “ultimate testimony of the solidarity of the Jewish people.” Stan Polovets further elaborated on the threefold purpose of this year’s Genesis Prize: ensuring the world does not forget the captives’ plight, providing additional aid to organizations assisting hostages and families, and honoring the selfless work of groups that emerged in response to the October 7 tragedy.

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum, established on October 8, has been a vocal advocate for the release of hostages, the location of missing persons, and supporting affected families. The JAFI Fund for Victims of Terror was recognized for providing emergency financial assistance and long-term rehabilitative support to October 7 victims and their families. In a social media post, JAFI expressed profound gratitude for the recognition, acknowledging the crucial role of partners, supporters, and dedicated staff and volunteers in their work.

Lev Achad and OneFamily offer financial support to victims, with the former also addressing mental and logistical needs and the latter focusing on promoting economic independence and societal reintegration. Natal provides trauma treatment for victims across all sectors of Israeli society.

The parents of Israelis abducted by Hamas welcomed the Genesis Prize Foundation’s decision. Rachel Goldberg, the mother of 23-year-old hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin, described it as an unequivocal declaration to the world that there is no more ethically urgent and morally critical cause for the Jewish people today. Hostage Noa Argamani’s father, Yaakov, expressed hope that the prize would remind everyone of the abductees’ plight and support the tireless efforts of organizations working to bring them home.

The families of captive soldiers, such as Edan Alexander and Itay Chen, shared heart-wrenching accounts of their living nightmares since their loved ones’ abductions. They called upon world leaders to do everything in their power to secure the release of all hostages.

As Stan Polovets and the Genesis Prize Foundation shine a light on this critical cause, they reaffirm the unwavering commitment to support hostages, their families, and the dedicated organizations working to bring them home safely.