Genesis Prize Winners Online Voting Campaign Closed

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The Genesis Prize Foundation announced the end of the international voting campaign for the 2021 Genesis Prize and released selected campaign data.

For two and a half months, Jews around the world were invited to vote online for one of the seven finalists for the Genesis Prize Foundation. The vote ended on November 30, after being extended to reflect the extraordinary interest of the global Jewish community.

The annual $ 1 million Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” by Time magazine, honors extraordinary people for their outstanding professional achievements, their contribution to humanity and their commitment to Jewish values.

“This is the first time that we have opened up to the Jewish community around the world the hitherto very low profile process for selecting winners,” said Stan Polovets, co-founder and president of the Genesis Prize Foundation. “While we were somewhat hesitant to change the formula that has produced seven outstanding winners since 2014, the response has exceeded our most optimistic expectations. It is clear that the public wants to have a voice in the selection of Jewish role models and modern heroes. “

Nearly 200,000 Jews representing six continents voted for the 2021 Genesis Prize winner. The campaign sparked heated debate in Jewish communities around the world. According to the foundation, as many as 10% of the world’s Jewish population engaged on social media, viewing, sharing and commenting in English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French and German. Numerous nominations and comments favored the awarding of the award to political figures who, according to the foundation, were not among the finalists due to the non-political nature of the award.
The finalists are Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce, owner of Time magazine and mega-philanthropist; Sacha Baron Cohen, actor, producer, director and voice critic of social media platforms; Gal Gadot, actor, producer and advocate for the empowerment of young women; Elena Kagan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, of blessed memory, theologian, author and Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom; Steven Spielberg, director, producer, screenwriter and philanthropist; and Barbra Streisand, singer, actress and activist.

The Genesis Prize Foundation will announce the 2021 Genesis Prize winner early next year, and the ceremony honoring the new winner will take place later this year in an online format.

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