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Michael Douglas to Visit Holy Land to Receive "Jewish Nobel Prize"

The Genesis Prize will be presented to the actor by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later this month

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: June 3rd, 2015 in Culture » Film » News

Photo: Michael Douglas

Credit: Getty Images


Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning actor and producer, will be in Israel later this month to accept the Genesis Prize.

The Genesis Prize, awarded jointly by the Genesis Prize Foundation, the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, and the Jewish Agency for Israel, "honours individuals that have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and who inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and/or the state of Israel."

Douglas will be appearing at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on June 18 to accept the award, where he will be interviewed by Director Benjamin Friedenberg about his career and his social activism.

Douglas has recently began rediscovering his Jewish side, after having a Bar Mitzvah for his son who was recently a victim of anti-Semitism.

Though Douglas has visited the Holy Land before, I doubt he will have experienced anything quite like this year's ceremony. Hosted by legendary comic and late-night host Jay Leno, this year's award is to be presented by Prime Minister Benjaming Netanyahu and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

Last year's prize was awarded to former mayor of New York and entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg.

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