Human-rights activist and former Soviet prisoner Natan Sharansky urged people to 'think about our great journey together and about new challenges which we face together, and that we will win together.'
In line with the tradition established by previous recipients of the Prize, Sharansky has chosen to forgo the award, and the Genesis Prize will donate the funds in his honor to nonprofit organizations.
Genesis Prize-winner Itzhak Perlman has said he will donate his $1m prize money to music education and helping people with disabilities; Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren was in Israel to host the Genesis Prize, and much more.
Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren is in Israel to host the Genesis Prize, an award known as 'the Jewish Nobel.' Mirren has visited Israel several times, and has been a vocal critic of anti-Israel activists who have called for a cultural boycott of Israel.