The B’nai B’rith World Center Diaspora Journalism awards are among the most prestigious honors in the Israeli media. In late April, B’nai B’rith International announced this year’s recipients of the various awards, and has received dozens of media mentions in the weeks since.
Read English and Hebrew highlights from the publications and news outlets below, including the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Channel 10, Arutz Sheva, social media and more:
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reporting on contemporary Diaspora-Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations in Israeli print and electronic media.
The award is widely recognized as a prestigious prize in the Israeli media industry and was established to help shore up the relationship 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 — so essential for the resilience of both — by encouraging quality reporting on Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations.
Jerusalem Post correspondent Sam Sokol has won the B’nai B’rith World Center’s annual award for excellence in Diaspora Reportage, the organization announced Sunday morning.
Sokol, who covers the Jewish World beat, won the award in he print categor for his ongoing series on Jewish communities displaced by the Ukrainian civil war. Just before Passover he returned ffrom yet another trip to eastern Ukraine during which he met with Jews in the city of Mariupol, which is widely considered to be one of the separatists’ next targets should they renew their offensive.
“This is a great honor and I am incredibly thankful,” said Sokol. “I hope that winning this award helps raise awareness of the issues facing Ukrainian Jewry during this incredibly difficult time.”
Eyal’s hourlong program “Hate,” broadcast on Oct. 7, 2014, dealt with rising anti-Semitism in Europe and was filmed on location in Germany, England and Greece. The broadcast also aired earlier in the year as a four-part miniseries on Channel 10.
The Voice of Israel’s “Searching for Relatives Bureau” program was inaugurated in 1945 to help Holocaust survivors track down missing relatives. The program was broadcast continuously until 1969, and was relaunched in 2000 in a new format that includes interviews and investigative reporting.
The winners of the “B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalist Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage in Memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf” were announced today in Jerusalem. The awards went to Sam Sokol, the Jewish World correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and Nadav Eyal, the chief international correspondent for Channel 10.
The jury is also giving a “Lifetime Achievement Award in Memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky” to Kol Israel, for its program “Searching for Relatives Bureau.”
In 1992, Bnai Brith established their World Center Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportaģe. The award is widely acknowledged in the media industry as the most prestigious prize in its field in Israel.
The members of the award jury are: Chairman Asher Weill, publisher and editor of “ARIEL”– The Israel Review of Arts and Letters from 1981 to 2003; Yehudith Auerbach, professor in the School of Communication at Bar Ilan University; Eytan Bentsur, former Ministry of Foreign Affairs director general; Shalom Kital, former director general of News Company and Channel 2; Gabriela Shalev, professor and chair of the Higher Academic Council at Ono Academic College, as well as a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations; and Bambi Sheleg, founder and editor-in-chief of Eretz Acheret, and a 2011 award winner.