Michael Douglas accepts the Genesis Prize in Jerusalem, June 2015

Michael Douglas accepts the Genesis Prize in Jerusalem, June 2015

On June 18, 2015 at the Genesis Prize award ceremony, Laureate Michael Douglas announced that he would direct his Genesis Prize award to initiatives that foster inclusion of intermarried couples and their children in the global Jewish community. In recognition of the significance of this issue, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced that it would double the Prize amount for 2015 from $1M to $2M. To learn more about the impact of the initiatives in honor of Michael Douglas that support intermarried couples and their families, view the video first shown at the 2016 Genesis Prize Award Ceremony. 

Hillel International was the first recipient of an inclusion grant. Funds from the grant were used to train 230 university students from 40 campuses in a peer engagement model in August 2015.

In 2015 and 2016, Jewish Funders Network administered a matching grants program in honor of Michael Douglas to encourage the development of new initiatives and philanthropy in this sector. The application period for the program ran from August 31, 2015 - March 15, 2016. 

As of the close of the application period, JFN had received 80 applications from 14 countries representing over 100 unique funders. On May 22nd, Michael Douglas joined with the Genesis Prize Foundation and Jewish Funders Network at the Annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York to announce the recipients of the matching grants. Twenty-eight organizations from seven countries were awarded grants. 

For more detailed information on the importance of engaging intermarried families in Jewish life, view the Genesis Prize’s “Living as One” video, debuted at the 2015 Genesis Prize Award Ceremony.