First Genesis Prize “Jewish Nobel Prize” to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been selected for the inaugural Genesis Prize – an award popularly dubbed the Jewish Nobel Prize given by the Government of Israel. Bloomberg has been chosen for the award in recognition to his long record of public service and philanthropy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the prize to Bloomberg in May 2014 in Israel.
Genesis Prize – The Jewish Nobel Prize
The Genesis Prize is instituted by the Government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Genesis Philanthropy Group. It is awarded to individuals who have achieved international recognition in their professional field, the worlds of science and the arts. The award carries $1 million and presented annually by the Prime Minister of Israel at a ceremony in Jerusalem.
The award seeks to emphasize across the Jewish community and the world at large the significance of Jewish values to the fulfillment of human potential and to the betterment of the world. This way, it intends to strengthen the Jewish identity of young Jews across the world who are rapidly assimilating and losing connection to the Jewish people and their rich heritage.