U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will arrive in Israel in July to receive the Genesis Prize Foundation’s first lifetime achievement award. Ginsburg was selected by the four Genesis Prize laureates from previous years and this year’s winner, Natalie Portman.
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The Genesis Prize Foundation announced Wednesday that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been selected to receive its first lifetime achievement award. Ginsburg will fly to Israel in the summer to receive the honor. The lifetime achievement award will mark the fifth anniversary of the Genesis Prize, which is commonly known as the “Jewish Nobel.”
Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired as a professor at Columbia Law School and the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice. She was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by U.S. President Jimmy Carter in the 1980s. Thirteen years later, U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She is best known for her breakthrough work regarding human rights and women’s rights.
Aharon Barak, the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court, will present Ginsburg with the award during the ceremony, which will take place in Tel Aviv in July 2018. She was selected by the five Genesis Prize laureates: former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (2014), actor Michael Douglas (2015), violinist and disability rights activist Itzhak Perlman (2016), sculptor Anish Kapoor (2017) and this year’s recipient, actress Natalie Portman.