|The Genesis Prize|
|Awarded for||Outstanding expression of Jewish values or service to the Jewish community and/or to the State of Israel.|
The Genesis Prize (Hebrew: ) was founded in 2012 as a US$1 million award given annually to Jewish people who have attained recognition and excellence in their fields. The prize was founded with the objective of inspiring and developing a sense of pride and belonging among young unaffiliated Jews throughout the world.
|2014||Michael R. Bloomberg||United States||For his "track record of outstanding public service and his role as one of the world's greatest philanthropists".|
|2015||Michael Douglas||United States||For "his body of work as an actor and producer; his passionate advocacy as a UN Messenger of Peace, focusing on human rights, gun violence prevention, and nuclear anti-proliferation work; and for his passion for his Jewish heritage".|
|2016||Itzhak Perlman|| Israel /
|For his "story of overcoming extraordinary personal challenges to excel as one of the world's great musicians and humanitarians".|
|2017||Anish Kapoor||United Kingdom||As "one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation".|
|2018||Natalie Portman|| Israel /
|"In recognition of her commitment to social causes and deep connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots."|
|2019||Robert Kraft||United States||"In recognition of his philanthropy and commitment to combatting anti-Semitism." Kraft's prize money will be donated to initiatives that combat anti-Semitism and prejudice.|
|2020||Natan Sharansky||Israel||In recognition, as a "legendary advocate for freedom, democracy and human rights."|
|2018||Ruth Bader Ginsburg||United States||For her "contribution to the development of a fair and just society that provides equal opportunity for all."|
On November 7, 2017, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced that actress Natalie Portman was the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate, and that she would donate the $1 million Genesis Prize Award to philanthropic programs focused on women's equality, education, economic advancement, health, and political participation. A month after the announcement, Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn pledged another $1 million in Portman's honor, bringing the total gift to $2 million. The prize ceremony was scheduled for June 2018, but was canceled in April 2018 after Portman's representatives told the press that "recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel", and the Foundation decided not to allow for the possibility of the event becoming politicized by her absence. Portman later clarified that she was not boycotting Israel, but that she didn't want to "appear as endorsing" prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was set to give a speech at the ceremony.
On January 27, 2020, the Genesis Prize Foundation, the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, and the Jewish Agency for Israel issued a joint statement that the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister's Office would no longer be part of the administration of the prize.