Natalie Portman, 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate

On November 7, 2017, The Genesis Prize Foundation announced that that world-renowned actress, director and social activist Natalie Portman has been selected as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate. Mr. Kapoor plans to direct his $1 million award towards helping alleviate the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and focus on expanding the Jewish community’s engagement in a global effort to support refugees.

Natalie Portman, 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate

“I am deeply touched and humbled by this honor. I am proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage; they are crucial parts of who I am. It is such a privilege to be counted among the outstanding Laureates whom I admire so much. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Genesis Prize Foundation, and look forward to using the global platform it provides to make a difference in the lives of women in Israel and beyond"

Stan Polovets, Co-founder and Chairman, The Genesis Prize Foundation

“We are delighted to celebrate Natalie Portman as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate. Natalie’s charismatic on-screen presence has touched the hearts of millions. Her talent, her commitment to social causes and her deep connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots are greatly admired. She exemplifies the core traits of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people – persistence and hard work, pursuit of excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a heartfelt desire to contribute to making the world a better place. Without a doubt, she is a role model for millions of young Jews around the world.”