“I don’t consider myself your host, I feel like I’m more of your Shabbes goy,” Jay Leno joked during his monologue at the second annual Genesis Prize award ceremony, at the Jerusalem Theater on Thursday night.
American actor Michael Douglas, 70, was honored for his work promoting a more welcoming and inclusive Judaism.
“The mission of the Genesis Prize group is to honor excellence in one’s chosen professional field, and whose actions and achievements embody the character of the Jewish people who are committed to Jewish values, the Jewish community at large and the State of Israel. And that perfectly describes my friend, Michael,” US comedian Leno explained.
“At a time when people around the world debate ‘Who is a Jew,’ choosing Michael Douglas has a profound meaning,” he added.
“It’s good to be home!” Douglas proclaimed with glee as he received the Genesis Prize.
This year, the Genesis Prize Foundation has awarded Douglas a hefty $3.5 million prize, with $1m. coming from the foundation itself and $1.5m. from the Jewish Funders Network.
The Jerusalem Post has learned that Russian-Jewish businessman and philanthropist Roman Abramovich contributed an additional $1m.