Itzhak Perlman delivering his acceptance speech. (Photo Credit: Natasha Kuperman)

On June 23, 2016, world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman received the third Genesis Prize at a ceremony at the Jerusalem Theatre in Jerusalem, Israel.

The event, which was hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, emphasized the importance of integrating people with disabilities in all aspects of society and the impact Jews have had on music throughout history.

Announcing his plans to regift the prize funds towards initiatives supporting people with disabilities, Mr. Perlman declared:

“The Genesis Prize has given me an opportunity to make some of my dreams come true; to help others the way I was helped.”