S. Weisleder & A. Kaufman - People’s Choice Awards - Be'er Sheva

People’s Choice Awards

Jewish National Fund-USA Envision Tomorrow’s Israel competition for its World Zionist Village in Be’er Sheva received over 100 entries from more than 60 countries! The judges selected the top three winners as well as an honorary mention. Voting for the People’s Choice Awards closed on August 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm (ET). All winners will be announced on August 20. Stay tuned!

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Title: S. Weisleder & A. Kaufman
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Susana Adina

Susana Merenfeld Weisleder and Adina Kaufman

Florida, United States

I was born into a home where my grandparents and parents were active Zionists. I studied architecture—a career I was passionate about—in Israel, a country I've always felt deeply connected to. The World Zionist Village contest gave me the opportunity to merge my family's dream with my career. Guided by my lifelong spiritual training, I was able to put forth concepts that integrate a rooted sense of belonging to Judaism, to the land of Israel.—Susana Merenfeld Weisleder

Designing the World Zionist Village was an incredibly fulfilling design journey where Susana and I became immersed in the history of Israel and Be'er Sheva, with the goal to create a space where history meets technology, and all ages of Judaism can come together as a community: in a journey that we called The Quest!!!—Adina Kaufman