Genesis Prize

Michael Douglas Salutes Son, Dad At Genesis Award


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.

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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.

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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."

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Bloomberg Awarded Inaugural Genesis Prize


(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


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


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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