'Delighted to be honoured'

Barbra Streisand awarded 10th anniversary Genesis Prize

The annual $1 million Genesis Prize, dubbed the Jewish Nobel, honours extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievements and commitment to Jewish values.

Barbra Streisand performs during Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park.
Barbra Streisand performs during Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park.

Pop culture icon Barbra Streisand has been named winner of the annual $1 million Genesis Prize.

Dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” by TIME Magazine, it honours extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievements, contributions to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values.

Since the launch of the Prize in 2013, Streisand has received tens of thousands of nominations and votes for the Genesis Prize. Recognising the overwhelming display of support and admiration by global Jewry over the past decade, the judges of the Selection and Prize Committees unanimously endorsed Streisand as the 10th Anniversary Genesis Prize Laureate.

Streisand will be honoured at a special ceremony in Los Angeles in October 2023. The ceremony will take place exactly ten years after the announcement of Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, as the Inaugural Genesis Prize Laureate.

Founder and chairman of The Genesis Prize Foundation Stan Polovets said: “Barbra’s innovative philanthropy has had significant impact in so many areas, including health, environment, and gender equality. We look forward to working closely with Barbra and her foundation to expand that impact going forward.”

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 US and around the world. Streisand and her eponymous Foundation have provided extensive funding to more than 2,000 nonprofit organisations and causes over the past 37 years.

Singer Barbra Streisand hugs late Israeli President Shimon Peres. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images

Most recently, Ms Streisand assumed the role of Ambassador for United 24, an organisation that provides humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The Genesis Prize Foundation contributed to United 24 in Streisand’s honour earlier this year, along with grants to many other Jewish activists and NGO’s working to help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

Streisand said: “I am delighted to be honoured by the special 10th Anniversary Genesis Prize and to work with The Genesis Prize Foundation to support organisations that seek to better society and our shared humanity. I am very proud of my Jewish heritage, and have always been moved by the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, to repair the world. I hope to join and inspire others in their own commitment to build a better world.”

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