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2021 Winners: Nurit Canetti (Galey Zahal-IDF Army Public Radio) and Dan Lavie (Yisrael Hayom)

Greer Fay Cashman (Jerusalem Post) to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Performer Danny Sanderson to receive special citation for Fostering Israel-Diaspora Relations through the Arts

(Washington, D.C., June 27, 2021)–Professor Yedidia Z. Stern, president of the Jewish People Policy Institute, will deliver the keynote address, titled “The Israeli Identity Crisis,” at the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage for 2021.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 1, at 7 p.m. (Israel Time) at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem.

Nachman Shai, Israel’s incoming Diaspora affairs minister, will attend the ceremony and deliver remarks—one of his first speeches in his new position. Shai served for ten years as a member of Knesset for Kadima, Labor and Zionist Union. Shai has also worked in various positions in media, politics and public affairs, including commander and editor-in-chief of Galey Zahal—IDF Army Public Radio, press secretary of the Israel Mission to the U.N. in New York and chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

Winners of the Award for 2021 are: Nurit Canetti, anchorwoman, editor-in-chief and producer of Galey Zahal—IDF Army Public Radio (broadcast media category) and Dan Lavie, Diaspora Affairs correspondent of Yisrael Hayom (print media category). In addition, Greer Fay Cashman, who has appeared in the Jerusalem Post for more than 45 years, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of the popular “Grapevine” column and the newspaper’s correspondent at the Office of the President of Israel.

A special citation for Fostering Israel-Diaspora Relations through the Arts will be presented to famous singer, songwriter and author Danny Sanderson. The citation was established in 2014 and has been presented to Nurit Hirsh, David D’Or, Idan Raichel, David Broza, Yehoram Gaon and the Shalva Band.

Canetti broadcasted numerous programs and podcasts that raised fundamental issues pertaining to Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations in the course of 2020. Lavie published more than 20 articles that appeared during that period in both Hebrew and English on challenges faced by Diaspora communities, including the COVID-19 crisis. This is the first time Yisrael Hayom has received the award and the second time for Galey Zahal.

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 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 relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. The award highlights 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 distinguished members of the award jury are: Ya’akov Ahimeir, past editor and anchor, Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation and Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2016; Professor Yehudith Auerbach, School of Communication, Bar Ilan University; Professor Sergio DellaPergola, The Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University; Sallai Meridor, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and former chairman of the Zionist Executive and Jewish Agency for Israel; Professor Gabriela Shalev, Higher Academic Council, Ono Academic College and former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations; journalist Yair Sheleg; Asher Weill, publisher and editor of “Ariel” The Israel Review of Arts and Letters (1981-2003).

The awards are presented in memory of the late Wolf Matsdorf, editor of the World Center-Jerusalem’s journal “Leadership Briefing” and a journalist in Israel and Australia, and his wife, Hilda, a pioneer in social work in both Australia and Israel, and in memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky, lifelong Zionists and leaders of the Peruvian Jewish Community, who published the Jewish Telegraphic Agency daily news bulletin in Peru for thirty years.

The award is made possible through donations from the Matsdorf family and B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem board member Professor Daniel Schydlowsky.

For more information contact:

Alan Schneider, Director, B’nai B’rith World Center, 052-5536441,

Golan Yossifon, media advisor, 052-5625135

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