The winners of the 2018 B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage in memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf were announced today. For broadcast media the award will be conferred upon Yair Sherki, 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, New York. Amotz Asa-El, Jerusalem Report senior editor, will receive the award for print media for his five-part in-depth series on transitions in the Jewish experience: Geography, Solidarity, Faith, Hate and Genius.
The award will be presented at a ceremony on June 5 with keynote speaker former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams.
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reporting on contemporary Diaspora Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations in the Israeli print, broadcast and online media. The award is 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. It does this by highlighting the important contributions the media can make toward strengthening the relationship between Israel and world Jewry by encouraging quality reporting on Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations.
The B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage is named for the late Wolf Matsdorf and his wife Hilda. Wolf was an editor of the World Center’s journal “Leadership Briefing” and a journalist in Israel and Australia. Hilda was a pioneer in social work in both Australia and Israel. The award is made possible through donations from the Matsdorf family and B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem board member Daniel Schydlowsky.