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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets Lifetime Achievement Award From Major Jewish Group

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Genesis Foundation awarded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg its first lifetime achievement award.

The foundation, which sponsors the annual $1 million Genesis Prize known as the “Jewish Nobel,” in its announcement Wednesday praised Ginsburg’s “groundbreaking legal work in the field of civil liberties and women’s rights.”

The five recipients of the Genesis Prize selected Ginsburg, 83, for the honor. In addition to this year’s winner, actress Natalie Portman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor weighed in.

“We honor Justice Ginsburg as an outstanding daughter of the Jewish people who made an enduring contribution to human civilization, who is an example of talent and achievement and who is committed to bettering the world,” the five said in a joint statement. “She is a source of inspiration not just for Jews but for people of all faiths and ethnicities around the world.”

In 1993, Ginsburg became the second female justice on the Supreme Court. She is one of three Jewish justices currently serving on the high court and the longest-serving Jewish justice.

Portman was slated to portray Ginsburg in an upcoming biopic, but dropped out recently and was replaced by British actress Felicity Jones.

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