In June, the B'nai B'rith World Center presented the 22nd annual awards for Excellence in Diaspora Journalism, honoring a trio of Israeli journalists noted for their work in covering the Diaspora issues.
The following video covers the highlights of the evening, including the acceptance speeches from each of the three journalists. Most of the speeches are given in Hebrew with English subtitles. Here is an excerpt from each acceptance speech:
"I would like to thank again the honorable heads of B'nai B'rith, and the members of the jury as well, for this great honor in receiving this award, and I promise to make an effort to stay worthy of it in the continuation of my journalism career."
"I would like to use this stage to thank the B'nai B'rith World Center for their decision to dedicate a special award for covering this important field [with] the yearly award in memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf."
"Thank you members of the jury...I greatly appreciate this lifetime achievement award."
Watch the awards ceremony highlights, below:
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.”
B'nai B'rith World Center recently bestowed its 2014 awards for excellence in Diaspora reportage, with the Times Of Israel's founding editor David Horovitz winning the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reportage on contemporary Diaspora Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations today in the Israeli print and electronic media.
Read an excerpt of the Times Of Israel's own piece on Horovitz, commemorating his award:
The lifetime achievement award to Horovitz, in memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky, recognized “his dedication to extended Diaspora reportage over a 30-year career.”
The B’nai B’rith World Center Award is widely acknowledged in the media industry as the most prestigious prize in its field in Israel. Its goal is to help shore up the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora by recognizing excellence in Diaspora-related reportage appearing in the Israeli print, broadcast and web-based media.
It was established in recognition of the important contribution the media can make toward strengthening the relationship between Israel and world Jewry, so essential for the resilience of both, by encouraging quality reportage on Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations.
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