Natalie Portman Receives A ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’ For Her Advocacy

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Natalie Portman was awarded the Israel’s 2018 Genesis Prize for her advocacy to social causes in matters relating to Israel, the country of her birth.

Known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize,” the $1 million award is granted every year to a person recognized as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through professional achievement and commitment to Jewish values, reports Page Six.

“I am proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage. They are crucial parts of who I am,” she said in a statement.

“She exemplifies the core traits of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people — persistence and hard work, pursuit of excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a heartfelt desire to contribute to make the world a better place,” said Stan Polovets, co-founder and chairman of the prize’s foundation.

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