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Weâre so proud of the role that Michael Douglas is playing. No, not his new movie, Beyond the Reach, where he plays a villain, Gordon Gekko-style. Weâre proud that heâs chosen to speak out against anti-Semitismâfirst in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, and this morning on the Today Show. And, as important, that heâs supported his son Dylan as he has explored Judaism and begun making Jewish choices, including a bar mitzvah in Israel last yearâand that heÂ is becoming an advocate for interfaith families.
The recent recipient of this year’s Genesis Prize,Â DouglasÂ said of his son, “he’s brought a lot of spirituality to our lives.” We’re thankful for that, because as Douglas says, “Now I’m actively involved with bringing interfaith families together.”
Have we reached a tipping point on the issue of intermarriage? And is Michael Douglas the new face of Judaism? Douglas, who comes from an interfaith family, identifies with Judaism and is intermarried to Catherine Zeta-Jones, was just honored with the second annual Genesis Prize. As reported in The Jewish Week, âGenesis was founded by and is largely supported by wealthy Russian-speaking Jews committed to sustaining and deepening Jewish identity among young people.â
The Genesis Prize Foundation told The Jewish Week that they had a goal this year to âemphasize âinclusiveness of Jews of intermarriageâ within Jewish life.â
We applaud the foundation for focusing their efforts on what Stan Polovets, co-founder and chairman of the Foundation calls âa growing reality, which must be addressed.â
He goes on to say, âThe Genesis Prize Foundation is proud to honor Michael Douglas, both for his professional achievements and for his passion for his Jewish heritage and the Jewish state.â Last June, Douglas celebrated the bar mitzvah of his son, Dylan, in Jerusalem and got so into the Hora that he left with a limp. âThe Douglas familyâs experience of connecting with its heritage and embracing it on their own terms embodies an inclusive approach for Jews of diverse backgrounds,â said Polovets. âThis is particularly important today,â he noted, âwhen the question of what it means to be Jewish has become more pressing than ever.â
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