Helen Mirren To Host Award Ceremony In Israel

British actress Dame Helen Mirren co-hosts the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo on December 11, 2011.

The Jerusalem Post reports: Helen Mirren, the much-acclaimed Oscar-winning actress, will host the prestigious Genesis Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem on June 23, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Genesis Prize is a $1 million annual prize, first awarded in 2014, and will be given this year to the renowned violinist, educator and advocate for individuals with disabilities, Itzhak Perlman.

The prize, dubbed by Time magazine as “The Jewish Nobel,” is awarded to individuals who have “made a significant contribution to humanity, and inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and the State of Israel,” according to the Genesis Prize Foundation.

Perlman has announced, as the two previous prize laureates did, that he will direct his $1 million award to philanthropic projects in the fields of music and support for individuals with special needs.

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