RELEASE: Barbra Streisand Awarded 10th Anniversary Genesis Prize

The "Jewish Nobel" will celebrate six decades of Streisand's contributions to film and music and her commitment to bettering the world.

RELEASE: Barbra Streisand Awarded 10th Anniversary Genesis Prize

The "Jewish Nobel" will celebrate six decades of Streisand's contributions to film and music and her commitment to bettering the world

NEW YORK, May 1, 2023/PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) announced the naming of iconic actress, singer, director, writer, and activist Barbra Streisand as a 10th Anniversary Genesis Prize laureate.

The $1 million-a-year Genesis Prize, dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize" by TIME magazine, honors extraordinary people for their outstanding professional achievements, contributions to humanity and commitment to Jewish values.

Since the Prize's launch in 2013, Ms. Streisand has received tens of thousands of nominations and votes for the Genesis Prize. Recognizing the overwhelming outpouring of support and admiration by world Jewry over the past decade, the judges of the Selection and Prize Committees unanimously endorsed Ms. Streisand as the 10th Anniversary Genesis Prize laureate.

Streisand will be honored at a special ceremony in Los Angeles in October 2023. The ceremony will take place exactly ten years after Michael R. Bloomberg, New York's 108th Mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, was announced as the honoree. inaugural Genesis Prize.

Genesis Prize Foundation Founder and President Stan Polovets said: "It is a great honor for our Foundation to honor Barbra Streisand, one of the world's most beloved and admired performers. In addition to delighting audiences around the world during Over the past six decades with her astonishing talent, Barbra has dedicated her time, resources and passion to numerous important causes, speaking out when and where she saw injustice.Her sense of responsibility to heal the world stems from her Jewish values ​​and identity Jewish culture, which Barbra has proudly displayed since the beginning of her extraordinary career. Barbra's innovative philanthropy has had a significant impact in many areas, including health, the environment, and gender equality. We look forward to working closely with Barbra and his foundation to amplify that impact in the future."

Following the 10-year tradition established by Michael R. Bloomberg, Ms. Streisand has asked the Genesis Prize Foundation to use her prize funds for non-profit organizations working in four areas: protecting the environment, promoting women's health, fight misinformation in the media and help the people of Ukraine.

Michael R. Bloomberg said: "Barbra Streisand's passionate commitment to tikkun olam makes her an incredibly deserving recipient of the Genesis Prize. From her groundbreaking leadership in women's health to her long-standing support for stronger laws on gun safety, to her invaluable help in revitalizing Lower Manhattan through the soon-to-open World Trade Center Center for the Performing Arts, Barbra has made an enormous impact in her native New York and far beyond. She has used her voice - on and off stage and screen - to inspire generations, and I am pleased to join her fans around the world in congratulating her."

As an activist and philanthropist, Barbra Streisand has donated - and raised - millions of dollars to address some of the most pressing issues of our time in the United States and around the world. Over the past 37 years, Streisand and her Streisand Foundation have contributed extensive funding to more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations and causes.

Most recently, Streisand has assumed the position of ambassador for United 24, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The Genesis Prize Foundation contributed to a United 24 in Streisand's honor earlier this year, along with grants to many other Jewish activists and NGOs working to help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

As the 10th Anniversary Laureate, Streisand succeeds Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, who was honored for his leadership, determination and willingness to take great risks in delivering a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in a Record time.

"I am pleased to pass the torch for the Genesis Prize to the incomparable Barbra Streisand, the embodiment of Jewish talent who has touched the hearts of millions of people and whose passionate activism and philanthropy have made the world a better place," Bourla said. "I welcome Barbra to the family of Genesis Prize recipients and wish the success of the philanthropic endeavors that will be undertaken in her honor."

Israel's First Lady Michal Herzog said: "Barbra Streisand is not only my idol, a wonderful singer and actress, but also a pioneering woman in show business and film, an inspiration to women around the world. She is a true friend of Israel, an exemplary leader in the Jewish and human rights spheres - the definition of a woman of courage!"

Barbra Streisand said: "I am delighted to be honored with the Genesis Prize 10th Anniversary Special Award and to work with the Genesis Prize Foundation to support organizations that seek to better society and our shared humanity. I am very proud of my Jewish heritage and I have always been moved by the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, repairing the world. I look forward to joining and inspiring others in their own commitment to building a better world."

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