On July 4th 2018, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was honored with the inaugural Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner ceremony in Tel-Aviv. The legendary women’s rights advocate received a glass sculpture of a shofar from Justice Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel.

“It is an honor to bestow the Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Aharon Barak. “Without a doubt, she is one of the great legal minds of our time; an outstanding Jewish jurist whose fearless pursuit of human rights, equality and justice for all stems from her Jewish values. It is a privilege to celebrate her here in Israel.” In addition to President Barak, all sitting justices as well as all former presidents of the Supreme Court of Israel, attended the ceremony in honor of Justice Ginsburg.

Accepting the award, Justice Ginsburg said:

“I am a judge, born, raised, and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace, and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition. I hope, in all the years I have the good fortune to continue serving on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength and courage to remain steadfast in the service of that demand.” 

Justice Ginsburg was unanimously selected as the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree in November 2017 by the five Laureates of the Genesis Prize: Michael R. Bloomberg (2014); Michael Douglas (2015); Itzhak Perlman (2016); Sir Anish Kapoor (2017); and Natalie Portman (2018). The Genesis Prize Laureates recognized Justice Ginsburg as “A source of inspiration not just for Jews but for people of all faiths and ethnicities around the world.” Unlike the Genesis Prize, the honor does not come with a monetary award.