Genesis Prize

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The Genesis Prize
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Awarded for Outstanding achievement by individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the character of the Jewish people through commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish community and/or to the State of Israel.
Date 2013
First awarded 2014

The Genesis Prize (Hebrew: פרס בראשית‎‎) was founded in 2012 as a USD$1 million award given annually to Jewish people who have attained recognition and excellence in their fields.[1] The prize was founded with the objective of inspiring and developing a sense of pride and belonging among young unaffiliated Jews throughout the world.[2]

Committee members who select awardees have been chosen based on their leadership and support of Jewish causes.[3][4][5]

Genesis Prize laureate Michael Bloomberg

Michael R. Bloomberg was chosen as the first Laureate.[6][7] Bloomberg donated his award to a subsequent competition, the Genesis Generation Challenge, to fund young adults’ ideas to solve major problems. [8] Nine projects were selected from submissions: Building Up, eNable 3D Printed Prosthetics, Friends of the Arava Institute, LAVAN, Prize4Life, Sanergy, Sesame, Spark, and the Vera Fellowship Program.[9]

In 2015, Michael Douglas became the second Genesis Prize Laureate.[10][11] Douglas' award led to a program called "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their families," which dispersed $3.3 million in grants to organizations promoting the engagement of intermarried families in Jewish life.[12] A second set of grants were disbursed in 2016.[13]

Itzhak Perlman received the third annual Genesis Prize, which was doubled by a donation from Roman Abramovich to $2 million.[14] [15] Perlman re-gifted the funds to fund grant programs for to support initiatives for people with disabilities in North America and in Israel, and for arts and culture.[15]


  1. ^ Herszenhorn, David M. (26 June 2012). "Russians Establish $1 Million Jewish Prize With Israel". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Elie Wiesel, Yuli Edelstein to help select Genesis Prize winner". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Wayne Firestone Named President of Genesis Prize Foundation". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Eli Wiesel se unió al comité de personalidades que elige al ganador del Premio Nobel Judío". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Elie Wiesel appointed to Genesis Prize Committee". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (20 October 2013). "Bloomberg Is First to Receive a $1 Million Jewish Award". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "New York Mayor Bloomberg to be awarded the 'Jewish Nobel Prize'". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bloomberg to use inaugural Genesis Prize for new fellowship". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bloomberg’s Genesis Prize money goes to work". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Jay Leno Makes Comeback in Israel". US News. Archived from the original on 2015-03-10. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ Fleishman, Jeffrey. "Michael Douglas to be honored by the Genesis Prize Foundation". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Genesis Prize Foundation and Jewish Funders Network Launch Matching Grants Initiative in Honor of Michael Douglas". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Jewish Funders Network announces recipients of Matching Grants in honor of Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Helen Mirren to present Genesis Prize and appear at Jerusalem Cinematheque". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "With $1 million Genesis Prize, violinist Itzhak Perlman eyes a more inclusive world". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

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