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.