(JNS.org) The Israeli
Genesis Prize Foundation awarded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the inaugural $1
million Genesis Prize, an honor popularly known as the "Jewish Nobel Prize."
The foundation said the award is meant "to recognize exceptional human beings who, through their outstanding achievement, come to represent a fundamental value of the Jewish people—a commitment to the betterment of mankind."
Mayor Bloomberg will receive the prize from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel early next year. The New York mayor plans to use the money for a philanthropic cause. "I want to use it to do something that will foster relationships in a very difficult part of the world," Bloomberg said in a statement.
"It is a great honor for the entire Jewish people to celebrate his achievements, his commitment to improving the world, and in particular his city: New York," said Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, a member of the selection committee.