Funny man Jay Leno arrives in Israel

Iconic American comedian lands in Tel Aviv; former 'Tonight Show' personality to host ceremony honoring former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

May 20, 2014 20:16
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Jay Leno at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, May 20, 2014.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

American comedy icon Jay Leno landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday for his first visit to Israel.

The former 'Tonight Show' host arrived two days before he is set to emcee a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I'm delighted for the opportunity to take part in a project of this importance, the weather here is great and I am happy to be here," Leno said upon his arrival.

During the ceremony, Bloomberg will be presented with a $1 million prize, endowed by the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

The prize will henceforth be awarded annually in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

According to the prize’s website, the award is a symbol of a movement to honor and enhance Jewish identity around the world and recognize achievements of individuals who “embody the character of the Jewish people” through a commitment to Israel, the Jewish community and Jewish values.

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