On Sunday, June 29th, the B'nai B'rith World Center will hold its 22nd annual Awards for Journalism, recognizing excellence in Diaspora reportage.
During the ceremonies, another special citation will be conferred on Israeli musician Nurit Hirsh for her decades-long effort to spread messages of Diaspora through the arts.
In advance of the event, the Times of Israel ran an article, detailing her commitment to the cause.
Read an excerpt of that story below and click through for full coverage:
The citation will be presented at the B’nai B’rith World Center’s 22nd annual awards Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage that will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.
Hirsh, B’nai Brith noted, has represented the State of Israel around the world for over 50 years through more than 1,500 of her songs “and many moving performances in which she brought great honor to the State of Israel.
Her songs have been published in a collection of six books and 13 CDs. Many of her songs are popular in Diaspora communities and serve as a bridge, a language and a source of shared identity between Israel and Jewish communities around the world, between the communities and within the communities themselves.”
Hirsh, the citation went on, “chooses the lyrics to her songs from the Bible, prayer and Israeli poets in addition to personal songs reflecting universal themes. Her songs have been translated to many languages including English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, and Korean, and are sung all over the world.”