Asa-El is being awarded for his five-part in-depth series on transitions in the Jewish experience, dealing with geography, solidarity, faith, hate and genius.
He shares the award with Yair Sherki, a religious-affairs reporter for Israel News Company (formerly Channel 2 News) for his incisive five-part TV series Brooklyn Shel Kodesh (Brooklyn – The Holy Borough) on the ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn.
A certificate of merit has been awarded to Benny Teitelbaum of the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) for four TV news reports on French and ultra-Orthodox immigrants to Israel and on an emotional mission to Israel by North America Jewish mothers.
The award will be presented at a ceremony on June 5 in Jerusalem with keynote speaker Elliot Abrams, a former US assistant secretary of state.
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism has become widely recognized as the most prestigious prize in the Israeli media industry for Diaspora reportage and was established to help strengthen the relations between Israel and the Diaspora.