Nobel Laureate Elie Weisel has been chosen to serve on the prize committee for
the Genesis Prize, a new award to be given in recognition of Jewish achievement
and contribution to humanity, according to the Genesis Prize
Other members of the selection and prize committees are Chief
Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Lord Jonathan
Sacks, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky and Knesset
Speaker Yuli Edelstein.
“The accomplishments of the Genesis Prize
laureate will place a bright spotlight on the individual’s achievement in
his/her field and will serve to symbolize the Jewish people’s contribution to
humanity,” said the event organizers.
Candidates for the $1 million prize
are to be nominated by leaders of Jewish communal institutions around the
“From Moses to Maimonides and Einstein to Ben-Gurion, Jews have
contributed to the world in a unparalleled way – always moving forward and
inspiring inventions, innovations, thought and creativity,” said Sharansky, who
serves as the chairman of the selection committee.
“The Genesis Prize
pays homage to that, and aims to find the next generation of great Jewish minds.
I am proud to be cooperating with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Genesis
Philanthropy Group as we begin this exciting and fascinating journey which will
shed light on the men and women who light up the world.”
“The Prize will
be the cornerstone of a worldwide effort to create a new, robust consciousness
for younger generations of Jews,” said Stan Polovets, chairman of the Board of
the Genesis Prize Foundation.
“We believe that when young people better
understand and relate to their rich historical and cultural legacy, they are far
more likely to carry forth important values that can contribute to the
betterment of the world.”