By Jill W. Smith Passover is a holiday replete with tradition. The entire Jewish family, both literally and figuratively, comes together to celebrate the community’s freedom from oppression and redemption. Through storytelling and the symbols on the Seder plate, we are reminded that as a community we are stronger together than we are apart. One of the distinguishing themes of the Passover holiday is the emphasis on being inclusive; it is … [Read more...] about Our Passover Question: How Do We Involve Jewish Intermarried Families in Communal Life?
Last night, at 11:59 EST, the Genesis Generation Challenge officially closed with over 140 completed applications. Over the course of the competition, more than 22,000 individuals visited the competition website from 174 countries, and over 2,000 individuals registered for the competition. Participants from across the globe submitted applications to fund projects, guided by Jewish values, which will address the world’s pressing issues. The … [Read more...] about Genesis Prize Competition Closes
Foundation also announces several other new leadership appointments New York, July 31, 2014 - Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) today announced the promotion of its North American executive director, Ilia Salita, to CEO of the organization. Salita will lead the private foundation’s global effort to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide. Stan Polovets, GPG’s co-founder and CEO for seven years since … [Read more...] about Genesis Philanthropy Group Announces New CEO
by Jill W. Smith The world is filled with politicians. There are few leaders among them. Politicians pander. Leaders take stands, often unpopular and consequently, courageous. Michael Bloomberg is not a politician. He is a leader. At a time when Israel is facing what is deemed by many as an existential threat from not only Hamas, but from the reprobation of too many in the international community, Michael Bloomberg stands with Israel. But … [Read more...] about Why Michael Bloomberg is a Powerful Friend of Israel
Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was honored by hundreds of dignitaries from around the world as the inaugural Genesis Prize Laureate at a ceremony tonight at the Jerusalem Theatre. The evening’s celebration, emceed by the iconic comedian Jay Leno, included performances by Grammy award winning pianist Evgeny Kissin and Israel’s beloved national singer Rita. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented the $1 million Genesis Prize … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg Receives Genesis Prize Honoring Life Achievements in Public Service, Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship