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April 6, 2016 12:36 pm

Helen Mirren to Host ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’ Ceremony in Jerusalem

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Actress Helen Mirren will host this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Actress Helen Mirren will host this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JNS.org – Academy Award-winning British actress Helen Mirren will host this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony in Jerusalem. The prize has been nicknamed the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

Mirren said she is “honored and humbled” about hosting the event.

“My connection to Israel and the Jewish people has truly been a part of making me what I am today, and I am very excited to be returning to this great country,” she said.

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Mirren is not Jewish, but has visited Israel many times and volunteered on a kibbutz in 1967. She has also campaigned against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement activists who have called for boycotts against Israeli artists. Among her numerous film roles, Mirren has played an ex-Israeli Mossad agent in “The Debt.” In “Woman in Gold,” Mirren played a Holocaust survivor who sues the Austrian government for the return of a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis.

Genesis Prize Foundation Chairman Stan Polovets called Mirren “an outspoken supporter of Israel.”

“We look forward to the elegance and grace she will bring to the ceremony,” Polovets said in a statement.

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  • kevin

    Jay, you say we should adopt the Jewish way of not looking for recognition, being modest!. I wish, so please explain why communuty buildings have the donors names plastered all over them, why in Israel ambulances have donors names on them.

  • Linda

    A great actress with a great heart!

  • There is much too much emphasis on awards, prizes, honors, and status as it is. The Jewish approach toward accomplishments and achievement is to do what one does in an unsung way, without any desire for recognition, as service to God and as a kedushat hashem.

  • Sounds like it’s going to be just as phony and rigged as the original Nobel Prize!

    • WorcesterNative

      Rigged? Sounds like you live your sorry existence using phony conspiracies to blame everyone else for your pathetic life.

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