Violinist Itzhak Perlman wins 'Jewish Nobel'

JERUSALEM -- Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman has been awarded this year's "Jewish Nobel" for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and advocate for the disabled, organizers of the $1 million prize announced Monday.

See Full Article

The Genesis Prize is given each year to an individual who has achieved professional success, contributed to humanity and shown a strong commitment to Jewish causes and the state of Israel.

Perlman said he was "humbled" to be recognized not only for his personal accomplishments, but also his commitment to his Jewish identity.

"I have always been very proud of my Jewish heritage, which has greatly influenced my music, my world view, and my work as an advocate for individuals whom society often leaves behind," he said in a statement issued by the prize organizers.

Perlman, 70, has won 16 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 2008, and played the violin solo in John Williams' Oscar-winning soundtrack for the 1993 film "Schindler's List." He has performed with or conducted the world's top symphony orchestras, and has been a regular guest at White House events. Last month, he received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honour.

Perlman has shared his love of music with diverse audiences, appearing on late-night comedy programs, Sesame Street and in special programs on American public television. With his wife Toby, he helps run the Perlman Music Program for talented young musicians. Treated for polio as a child, Perlman, who walks with crutches, has also been a vocal advocate for the disabled.

Perlman intends to use his prize money for projects to assist individuals with disabilities and to develop young musicians of special talent, prize organizers said.

"Itzhak Perlman is the embodiment of everything an ideal Genesis Prize Laureate should be," said Stan Polovets, chairman and co-founder of the prize.

He said Perlman's music "brings joy to millions of people," and that Perlman has been "an incredible source of inspiration" for people with special needs and "given back to society" with his teaching and advocacy work.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to present the award to Perlman at the June 23 ceremony in Jerusalem.

The prize was inaugurated in 2014 and is run in a partnership between the Israeli prime minister's office, the private Genesis Prize Foundation and the chairman's office of the Jewish Agency, a nonprofit group with close ties to the Israeli government. It is funded by a $100 million endowment established by the foundation.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the recipient of the first prize, and actor Michael Douglas was this year's winner.


Latest Entertainment News

  • 'Roseanne' revival aims to keep it real, Trump included

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Roseanne Barr looks more glamorous, John Goodman slimmer. But the mass-market plaid couch is a giveaway that ABC's "Roseanne" revival hasn't ditched its roots. The blue-collar Conner family and the times in which they live are at the heart of the sitcom debuting at 8 p.m. Source
  • Jim Parsons says he's fortunate to have worked with Hawking

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Jim Parsons cherished the opportunity to work with Stephen Hawking, but admitted he was a bit intimidated to meet the celebrated theoretical physicist. Hawking or his voice appeared in seven episodes of Parsons' hit series "The Big Bang Theory. Source
  • Cosby wants judge ousted over wife's sex-assault advocacy

    Entertainment CTV News
    PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Cosby's lawyers are asking the judge in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who's described herself as an "advocate for assault victims. Source
  • 'My luck hasn't been very good lately:' Céline Dion cancels more shows over health issues

    Entertainment CBC News
    ?Céline Dion has cancelled a string of shows between March 27 and April 18 due to a hearing condition that she says will require a "minimally invasive surgical procedure." A new statement on the singer's Facebook page says she has been dealing with an ear condition, described as Patulous Eustachian tube, which "causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing. Source
  • Fred Savage denies abuse on set of 'The Grinder'

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Fred Savage says allegations in a lawsuit that he was abusive to a woman on the set of the Fox series "The Grinder" are "absolutely untrue." Costumer Youngjoo Hwang claims in the suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, that Savage berated her, struck her arm and behaved aggressively toward female employees. Source
  • Celine Dion cancels more shows, says she needs 'minimally invasive' ear surgery

    Entertainment CTV News
    Celine Dion has cancelled a string of shows between March 27 and April 18 due to a hearing condition called Patulous Eustachian tube that she says will require a "minimally invasive surgical procedure." The Quebec pop star had to cancel numerous shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in January due to what she then described as "congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold. Source
  • Officials to turn over Prince investigative files to family

    Entertainment CTV News
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Prosecutors in the county where Prince was found dead have agreed to provide his siblings with investigative documents so the family can determine whether civil litigation is warranted, according to a stipulation filed in court Wednesday. Source
  • RIP, Bozo the Clown: Entertainer Frank Avruch dies at 89

    Entertainment CTV News
    BOSTON -- Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," has died. He was 89. Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV . Source
  • Queen Latifah's mom, Rita Owens, has died

    Entertainment CTV News
    In this May 3, 2016, file photo, Queen Latifah, left, and her mother Rita Owens attend VH1's 'Dear Mama' Mother's Day Special taping at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York. In a statement, Latifah said Owens died Wednesday, March 21, 2018, after struggling with a heart condition for many years. Source
  • Ex-Miss Kentucky gets probation for bringing pot into prison

    Entertainment CTV News
    LIMA, Ohio - A former Miss Kentucky who tried to smuggle a small amount of marijuana into an Ohio prison for her boyfriend won't have to spend time behind bars. The Lima News reports 28-year-old Kia Hampton, of Louisville, Kentucky, received probation Wednesday during a hearing in Allen County in western Ohio. Source