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Wanted: Local innovation

RABBI DR. SHMULY YANKLOWITZ | Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:00 am

Last week, I was privileged to join Elie Wiesel, Michael Douglas, Natan Sharansky, Michael Bloomberg and other luminaries of the Jewish world at an award ceremony in New York for the Genesis Prize, an annual $1 million award that recognizes exceptional global Jewish leadership. Actor Douglas was selected as this year’s laureate for the prize and announced that he intends to allocate the prize to support interfaith Jewish families.

Last year’s laureate was Bloomberg, the former New York city mayor, and he dedicated his prize to young social entrepreneurs seeking to affect the Jewish world and beyond. I served as a judge helping to decide how that money should be allocated.

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