High stakes. The headline is from The New York Jewish Week:
The Genesis Prize, touted as a “Jewish Nobel Prize” and worth $1 million, was announced Tuesday in a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that included Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Genesis Philanthropy Group founder Mikhail Fridman.
…In a phone interview from Israel on Tuesday, Sharansky told The Jewish Week that the prize was two years in the making and is intended to emphasize that people do not have to choose “between universal values and our tribal values.”…
“We consider ourselves as global citizens and see [the need to fight assimilation] as a global issue for the Jewish People,” [Genesis CEO Stan] Polovets said.
P.S. Dennis Ross, the former peace negotiator for the White House, is past and present co-chair of the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem, which also opposes assimilation. For instance, in this publication:
Develop new approaches to limit the erosive effects of assimilation and intermarriage.
And in this mandate:
and reducing obstacles that interfere with the birth of a third and fourth child in Israeli families and developing conditions that may facilitate Jewish family growth in both Israel and the Diaspora.
The Jewish family growth in Israel is specifically aimed at keeping Muslim and Christian numbers low there. Imagine a White House official with links to an organization that speaks about promoting Christian birthrate. Would he last?