Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holds the 2018 Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Esther Hayut, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel; Miriam Naor, Aharon Barak, and Dorit Beinisch, former Presidents of the Supreme Court of Israel; and Stan Polovets, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Genesis Prize Foundation. (Photo Credit: Natasha Kuperman)

On July 4, 2018, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored with the first Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner ceremony at the Peres Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. The legendary women’s rights advocate received a glass sculpture of a shofar from Justice Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel.

“It is an honor to bestow the Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Justice Barak. “Without a doubt, she is one of the great legal minds of our time; an outstanding Jewish jurist whose fearless pursuit of human rights, equality and justice for all stems from her Jewish values. It is a privilege to celebrate her here in Israel.” In addition to Justice Barak, all sitting justices as well as all former presidents of the Supreme Court of Israel attended the ceremony in honor of Justice Ginsburg.

Accepting the award, Justice Ginsburg said:

“I am a judge, born, raised, and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace, and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition. I hope, in all the years I have the good fortune to continue serving on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength and courage to remain steadfast in the service of that demand.”