The Israel Prize is the most prestigious prize awarded in Israel each year. The prize was presented on Israel's Independence Day in 2005 by the President of the State of Israel, the Prime Minister of Israel, the Minister of Education and Culture, and the President of the Supreme Court of Israel to Noam Semel, Director General of the Cameri Theatre and Omri Nitzan, its Artistic Director, in the name of the Cameri Theatre, its actors, creators and staff.
State of Israel
Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport
Coordination, Control and Teaching Personnel Administration
Department of the Israel Prize
Jerusalem, April 12, 2005
Decision of the Israel Prize Committee of Judges - 2005
Field: Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel
Decision: To Award the 2005 Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel to The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv
Reasons: The sixty-year-old Cameri Theatre is a young, involved, responsive, socially-oriented theatre that is attentive to the reality in which we live and responds to current needs.
The Cameri Theatre is engaged in fostering and developing original Israeli drama and strengthening ties with the finest culture and modern drama in the world.
The Cameri Theatre strives towards excellence on the level of artistic performance in all its branches: acting, directing, sets, and music. It nurtures individuality in terms of content, spirit, and character, fosters and encourages young actors and advances them.
The Cameri Theatre strives to broaden the circle of audiences and reaches out to new audiences, including performances in the periphery and on the confrontation line, and in its new home it constitutes an artistic and cultural attraction to all social strata and age groups in Israeli society.
The Cameri's plays have represented Israel at prestigious festivals throughout the world.
For all these reasons, the committee of judges has deemed The Cameri Theatre worthy of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel.
Chair: Mr. Mordechai Ben-Porat
Member: Prof. Yehezkiel Taler
Member: Prof. Rina Shapira
Israel Prize Adviser to the Minister: Prof. Dov Goldberg
Israel Prize Officer: Ms. Chaya Horowitz