The Speaker of the Knesset Quality of Life Prize for 2014 was awarded on Tuesday to two non-profit organizations in recognition of their work to prevent of violence, intoxication and drug use among teenagers, as well as to another organization and an individual who work to improve the lives of senior citizens in Israel.

The award for activity aimed at preventing violence among teens was granted to ”Dolev Homes for Youth at Risk” and to the Al-Tufula Center in Nazareth.

The award for activity aimed at improving the lives of the elderly in Israel was granted to the ”Yes! to Seniors” organization and to Dr. Eliezer Glaubach-Gal.

Among the dignitaries who took part in the awards ceremony were: Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Minister for Senior Citizens Uri Orbach, Deputy Knesset Speaker MKs Penina Tamanu-Shata, Gila Gamliel and Yitzhak Vaknin and the chairpersons of the Award Committee – MKs Nitzan Horowitz, Orly Levi-Abekasis and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli.

State Comptroller Joseph Shapira also took part in the ceremony.

The Knesset Speaker’s Prize is worth NIS 120,000 and will be divided between the four recipients.

”Dolev Homes for Youth at Risk” is a boarding school for girls in grades 7-12 who dropped out of the regular educational systems and were sent away from their homes by welfare authorities or by a court order.

For the organization`s website: http://dolev4u.org/

The Al-Tufula Center provides professional, economic and social guidance to Arab teenagers in Israel. The center also empowers Arab-Palestinian women and develops their skills so that they will be able to take part in the building of society.

For the organization`s website:

Dr. Eliezer Glaubach-Gal is a Holocaust survivor who works for the community in general and particularly for Holocaust survivors in Israel, while preserving the values of quality of life and the environment.

”Yes! to Seniors” works to promote and protect the rights of senior citizens in Israel by promoting national legislation, running community workshops, and operating a 24-hour hotline for individual senior citizens.

For the organization`s website:

Knesset Speaker Edelstein said during the ceremony that the prize is part of the Knesset`s ”natural connection to the various fields of activity of civil society in Israel.”

”I consider you, the recipients of the award, to be the true leaders of society and the community. During these times of tension between the different parts of the public, you praise all that is good and beautiful and remind us that we are a society that is based on civil involvement, which is the key to being an exemplary society,” the Knesset speaker said.

”The problems and challenges facing civil society touch every person and do not discriminate between Jews and Arabs. You serve as proof that by dealing together and doing good for the benefit of all people – we can and should establish a sound infrastructure of a healthy society and lower the barriers.”

Minister Orbach said: ”There is a lot of talk in the Knesset now about elections, but you have already made your choice. You have chosen to contribute and help the society of the third generation. Thank you, dear winners, for being those who hold society together, lead it to safe harbor and help it survive.”

The Knesset Speaker`s Prize for Quality of Life was established in 1981 with donations from the Markowitz-Schreiber Foundation in France. Its goal is to encourage citizens of Israel whose activities and achievements related to the improvement of the quality of life in Israel warrant special recognition.

Deputy Knesset Secretary Nazzem Bader is in charge of all issues related to the Prize.