I am deeply gratified to have received four Simon Rockower awards for excellence in Jewish journalism, awarded this past week by the American Jewish Press Association. All four stories were written for Hadassah magazine, and happily, two were first-place awards, along with a second-place and an honorable mention. It's my honor to work together with a caring team of editors who are meticulous about every nuance of reporting. I learn so much from every person I profile and every situation I research. That's why I love journalism.
Two of the stories were in the category of Excellence in Writing about Social Justice and Humanitarian Work. Praised by the judges for its “thorough reporting" on how others can make a difference in helping alleviate the refugee crisis, “Welcoming the Stranger, Literally” won first place. A “moving” profile of a remarkable and inspiring activist, Georgette Bennett (“Bringing Light Into Darkness”), won honorable mention. “Battling Antisemitism on Campus” won another first-place award. The magazine's special supplement coverage celebrating 50 years of women in the rabbinate won a second-place award. I contributed two stories to that section: “Holy Sparks: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women in the Rabbinate” and “Envisioning the Rabbinate Through a Different Lens.”
Read about all of Hadassah's awards here.
I wasn't alive when India gained its independence in 1947. But my grandfather was. I always think of a photo of him (below, just to the left of the flag, in a dark suit, bright white shirt and tie) making a speech at a company event raising the Indian flag. You can't see the flag very well in this old black-and-white photo. But it's striking, with its bands of saffron, white, and green that symbolize strength and courage; peace and truth; fertility, growth, and auspiciousness.
Independence augured a new day for the country that had been my family's home since 1820. But there was a lot of uncertainty for the future.
On August 15, India celebrates its 76th birthday. Since independence, the country has progressed in so many ways.
Celebrate India with us! We are offering $100 off our tours (per person), if you register and reserve your seat by August 15.
We have just a few seats left for out upcoming November and February tours. Don't miss out on this unforgettable tour that offers unparalleled experiences of India's diversity, a remarkable mix of sacred and secular. However you look at it--on a personal, historical, cultural, or religious level--India is a monumental place to explore. It is beyond stereotypes.
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