From L to R: Lady Elaine Sacks, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May, Genesis Prize Foundation Co-founder and Chairman Stan Polovets, President of Israel Isaac Herzog. Credit: Thomas Alexander/Genesis Prize Foundation

From L to R: Lady Elaine Sacks, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May, Genesis Prize Foundation Co-founder and Chairman Stan Polovets, President of Israel Isaac Herzog. Credit: Thomas Alexander/Genesis Prize Foundation

On November 22, 2021, The Genesis Prize Foundation honored the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with the Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Lord Sacks for his extraordinary role in inspiring the next generation of Jews, and his illustrious life-long work as a teacher of Jewish values and an advocate of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue.

The President of Israel Isaac Herzog presented the award to Lady Elaine Sacks at a special event celebrating the life and legacy of Rabbi Sacks, organized by The Genesis Prize Foundation in London around the first anniversary of his passing. 

Presenting the award, President of Israel Isaac Herzog said, 

"Rabbi Sacks became a masterful articulator of the Jewish foundation of universal values, while unapologetically verbalizing a proud, dignified Jewish identity. His innate, God-given power of expression gave voice to the contribution of Judaism and the State of Israel to humanity at large. Rabbi Sacks represented the history, the moral code, and the spirit of Judaism with dignity and adoration. He valiantly advocated for the State of Israel. He reached across the aisle and across different religions; he brought the Torah down from the heavens—to the smartphone generation. This is Rabbi Sacks’ legacy. Each of us can step up, light our own flame, and lead, in ancient days and in our times."

Rabbi Sacks becomes the tenth Genesis honoree, and only the second recipient of the Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award. The inaugural Award was bestowed on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court when she visited Israel in July 2018.