Genesis Prize

Genesis Prize & Perlman: Helping Jews With And Without Disabilities

When the inaugural Genesis Prize, dubbed by Time magazine as “The Jewish Nobel,” was awarded in 2014 to one of the world’s leading philanthropists and public servants, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, I admit I was very skeptical. I remember scratching my head and thinking, “One set of super rich guys gives another super rich guy $1 million? How’s that going to help anyone?” But, I’ve been proven wrong.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman. JTA

Helen Mirren to Host Genesis Prize Award Ceremony for Itzhak Perlman

The Oscar winner will present the 2016 Genesis prize to the acclaimed violinist, educator and community advocate.

04/07/2016 - 10:03
Editorial Intern! All three are sure to be present at the Genesis Prize ceremony in Jersulem this year. The Genesis Prize Foundation announced yesterday that the Academy Award-winning actress will host the ceremony on June 23 honoring Itzhak Perlman, acclaimed violinist, educator, and champion of individuals with disabilities.

Helen Mirren receives the Golden Camera award for her life's work in Germany, in February 2016. Getty Images.

Douglas Taking Jewish Pride On The Road

With rekindled identity, Genesis Prize-winner embarks on college tour; urges community to be welcoming.

01/19/2016 - 21:51
Editor And Publisher

Last January, Michael Douglas was “blindsided,” in his words, when he was asked to accept the Genesis Prize, a $1 million award known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

Speaking out: Actor Michael Douglas in front of his Manhattan apartment with editor Gary Rosenblatt.

Itzhak Perlman Named Winner Of 2016 Genesis Prize

12/13/2015 - 19:00

Itzhak Perlman, the Israeli-born violin virtuoso, was named the third winner of the Genesis Prize.

Itzhak Perlman at the White House, where he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Nov. 24, 2015. JTA

Michael Douglas Salutes Son, Dad At Genesis Award

06/23/2015 - 20:00

Actor Michael Douglas credited his son and celebrity father for helping him reconnect to Judaism as he accepted the Genesis Prize, “the Jewish Nobel,” in Jerusalem.

Michael Douglas accepts the Genesis Prize in Jerusalem. JTA

Genesis Prize Funds New Generation Of Social Entrepreneurs

Last year’s winner uses $1M prize to support tikkun olam projects from millennial innovators.

05/04/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A veteran of coexistence activism around the world, Tarek Elgawhary, an Egyptian Muslim who lives in Washington, was looking for a project to improve relations between Israeli and Palestinians. “You need to speak to this guy Ben,” friends told him.

Michael Bloomberg, announced winners of his Genesis Generation Challenge grants. Courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg To Donate Genesis Prize To Promote Israeli-Palestinian Ties

Outgoing mayor, surprised by honor, says he wants to boost trade; but the framework is unclear.

12/02/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As he prepares to step down after 12 years as New York's mayor, billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg says he wants to play a role in the Mideast peace process by fostering economic ties between "the people in Palestine and the the people in Israel."

Bloomberg: Can't we all just get along? Jacob Kornbluh

Bloomberg Awarded Inaugural Genesis Prize

10/20/2013 - 20:00

(JTA) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, which is being called the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

The award will be presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May, when Bloomberg will be a private citizen.

Mayor Bloomberg, a billionaire, will donate his $1 million prize to charity. Photo via

Genesis Prize Judges Named

03/27/2013 - 20:00

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the speaker of Israel’s Knesset and two former Israel Supreme Court justices are among those who will select the winner of a new $1 million prize for serving as a role model for Jewish values.

$1 Million 'Jewish Nobel Prize" To Be Awarded Annually By Israeli PM

06/25/2012 - 20:00

The establishment of the Genesis Prize,  touted as a "Jewish Nobel Prize" and worth $1 million, was announcedTuesday in a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that included Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Genesis Philanthropy Group founder Mikhail Fridman.

The international prize will be awarded to Jews who win global recognition for their achievements in the fields of science and the arts.

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