The Laureate of the Genesis Prize is selected from a list of candidates nominated by leaders of hundreds of renowned institutions and organizations worldwide, including universities, foundations, corporations, NGO's and Jewish organizations. Nominees must demonstrate outstanding achievement and international renown in their chosen professional fields and have a positive impact on society beyond their discipline. In addition, they must display a commitment to Jewish values, be proud of their Jewish identity, and their conduct and actions should exemplify a meaningful connection to the Jewish People and/or to the State of Israel.

The selection of the Genesis Prize Laureate is a multi-step process. Upon receipt of the nominations for the Prize, the Selection Committee, headed by the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, selects a short list of candidates and the Prize Committee selects the Laureate.

The $1 million Prize is presented annually at a ceremony in Jerusalem. The Laureate is encouraged to use his/her winnings to support a worthy philanthropic or social cause.

A full list of committee members and other key figures of the Prize can be viewed here.

In keeping with the mission of the Prize, nominees should:

  • Have achieved outstanding excellence and international renown for his/her contribution to his/her chosen professional field, as well as a general contribution to humankind.

  • Be committed to Jewish Values, the Jewish people and/or to the State of Israel. This commitment, in turn, should inspire the nominee's achievement and social involvement. Furthermore, the candidate must be dedicated to continuing his/her support of Jewish causes by means of direct personal engagement and action.

  • Inspire others through his/her engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and/or the State of Israel.