Friday, July 6, 2012

'Jewish Nobel Prize' Worth $1 Million Established

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday a new international prize to be awarded to Jews who win global recognition due to their achievements in the fields of science and the arts.

The Genesis Prize, worth $1 million, to be financed by the Genesis Philanthropy Group, will be awarded by Prime Minister Netanyahu at a festive annual ceremony to be held close to the Passover holiday. The goal of the prize is to emphasize the contribution of the Jews to world history and draw the younger generation of Jews around the world closer to the State of Israel and Jewish identity.

The prize selection committee will be chaired by Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky and will be composed of retired judges and Diaspora Jewish community leaders, as well as Prime Minister's Office and Genesis Philanthropy Group representatives.

"The prize symbolizes Jews' great contribution in human development and will be a source of pride for young Jews around the world,” Netanyahu said. “The Jewish People has developed excellence over the years due thanks to its values and heritage. This is an important step for the cohesion of our people and symbolizes its unity around Jewish values." -- Rachel Hirshfeld, Israel National News

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