Natalie Portman will receive the
The actress is known for her commitment to the social cause

Natalie Portman will receive the

The award, endowed with $1 million, is awarded each year to a person as inspiration for future generations of Jews.


Natalie Portman has been awarded the 2018 Genesis Award of Israel in recognition of its commitment to social causes and their deep connection to their Jewish and Israeli roots, announced the organizers of the prize.


The award, endowed with $ 1 million, is known as the Jewish Nobel Prize and is awarded each year to a person prominent as an inspiration for future generations of Jews for their professional achievements and commitment to Jewish values.


The Oscar award-winning actress said she was "deeply touched and honored" by the recognition.


"I am proud of my Israeli roots and my Jewish heritage, they are an essential part of who I am," said in a statement issued by the organizers. The actress said that she will use the prize money "to make a difference in the lives of women in Israel and beyond".


Portman was born in Israel and moved to the United States when I was a child. Her career evolved from being a young actress to an acclaimed celebrity. In 2011 won the Academy Award for best actress for her work in "Black Swan" and by 2015, directed, and starred in "Tale of Love and Darkness" a Hebrew film made in Israel based on a novel by the israeli writer Amos Oz.


Genesis Prize organizers highlighted the social activism of Portman in areas as equality of gender, combating poverty, microfinance and animal rights.

"She exemplifies the essential characteristics of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people: persistence, hard work and the pursuit of excellence, intellectual curiosity and the sincere desire to contribute to make the world a better place", she said Meanwhile Stan Polovets, co-founder and President of the Foundation of the award. Polovets calificio as "a role model" for millions of young Jews in the world.


Portman money will be used to support women-related causes as well as to promote the education, economic advancement, health and political participation. An "important part" of the funds will also go to improve the equality of women in Israel.


The israeli Prime Minister Benjamín Netanyahu will present the award to Portman at a ceremony in Jerusalem in June.


Portman is the fifth awarded the prize founded in 2014 and the first woman to receive it.


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