(JTA) — Steven Spielberg is donating his Genesis Prize earnings to Jewish and non-Jewish groups working to promote racial and economic justice.
The prize’s foundation on Thursday announced that the film director would double the one million dollar prize with his own money and split it among ten organizations, including Black Voters Matter and the Jews of Color Initiative.
“Judaism and Jewish history begin with two narratives: Genesis and Exodus, stories about creation and liberation from oppression, about the discovery of the moral voice and of human dignity,” Spielberg said in a statement. “From these accounts come the ethical precepts commanding us to work for a more just and equitable world.”
The others groups which will receive the money are Avodah, a Jewish group that takes on “our country’s most pressing social and economic issues”; the Collaborative for Jewish Organizing; Dayenu – A Jewish Call to Climate Action; Justice for Migrant Women; the National Domestic Workers Alliance; the Native American Rights Fund; One Fair Wage; and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the movement’s activism wing.
The award, nicknamed “The Jewish Nobel,” honors “extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values.”