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The 30th Annual Simon Rockower Award Winners
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Category 1: The Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation and all Magazines/Websites.

First Place
New Jersey Jewish News, Whippany, NJ
"Fly the Friendly Skies – Or Go to Israel," "Sharia Phobia,” "Conversation vs. Confrontation" by Andrew Silow-Carroll

Comments: Smart, sharp, well argued


Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
The Rockland Jewish Federation Reporter, West Nyack, NY

"Neverpresent,” "These Five Days,” "When Every Breath Counts" (page 1) (page 2) by Marla Cohen

Comments: Gentle, but smart and pointed.


Second Place
The Jewish Chronicle, Pittsburgh, PA
"An Appeal to Republicans and Democrats: Stop Nazi Analogies, Now,” "Same-Sex Marriage is a Basic Civil Right,” "Kissinger's Betrayal Contrasts With Other American Jews in Public Life" by Menachem Z. Rosensaft


Category 2: Award for Excellence in Single Commentary

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation and all Magazines/Websites.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"When the Slumlords Are Us" by Jill Jacobs

Second Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"What Don't You Understand About All Israel" by Jay Michaelson


Divisions B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Cleveland Jewish News, Beachwood, OH
"iPad: Another Apple for Adam and Eve?" by Michael E. Bennett

Second Place
Jewish Independent, Vancouver, BC
"On the Heels of Destruction" by Mira Sucharov


Category 3: Personal Essay

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation and all Magazines/Websites.

First Place
Na’amat Woman, New York, NY
"Shabbat With My Mother" by Leeat Granek


Second Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"Healing on the Rocks" by Sherri Mandell

Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Arizona Jewish Post, Tucson, AZ
"Chanukah on Christmas Avenue: Raising a Jewish Family in Winterhaven" (page 1) (page 2) by Gila Silverman

Second Place
The Jewish Journal, Salem, MA
"A Jew by Any Other Name" by Larry Constantine


Category 4: Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation and all Magazines/Websites.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"Faith at Ground Zero"


Comments: Balanced yet forceful defense of building the "Ground Zero Mosque”; given its readership, undoubtedly influential.


Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Jewish Independent, Vancouver, BC
"Racism is Deplorable"


Comments: Thoughtful piece on a large and far-reading topic – criticism of Islamic tenets and whether, when, and how such criticism should be justifiably pursued. Stands out among many less clear articles written and less clear stances taken on an issue of continuing importance.


Second Place
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
"Good at Heart"


Comments: A truly beautiful, poetic, and insightful piece in memory of Miep Gies, the Anne Frank rescuer, with a startling and entirely effective invocation of language from "Dayenu” making the point universal.

Category 5: The Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Comprehensive
Coverage or Investigative Reporting

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation and all Magazines/Websites.

First Place
The Jewish Week, New York, NY
Hebrew Charter Schools Series (1 | 2 | 3 | 4) by Julie Wiener

Second Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
The Cost of Belonging Series ( 1 | 2 | 3) by Josh Nathan-Kazis

Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis, MO
"The State of Hate" by Ellen Futterman and St. Louis Jewish Light Staff

Second Place
The Jewish Chronicle, Pittsburgh, PA
Genetics Series by Toby Tabachnik

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Category 6: Excellence in News Reporting

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation and all Magazines/Websites.

First Place
Na’amat Woman, New York, NY
"Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convention" by Aviva Cantor

Comments: Well balanced story of one man’s fight, set against the backdrop of recent atrocities.


Second Place

Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"At the Death Camps, Muslim Leaders Grapple with Jews' Pain" by A.J. Goldman

Comments: An excellent article about what happens when people are given a personal, up-close look at the Holocaust.


Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Despite his Brief Denver Stay, Rabbi Touches Many Lives" by Andrea Jacobs

Comments: Nicely written. Makes clear the magnitude of loss felt in two communities at the death of an admired young rabbi.


Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Who Gets Salvation?" by Chris Leppek

Comments: Loose, unconventional, thought-provoking, balanced.


Category 7: Excellence in Feature Writing

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation.

First Place
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, New York, NY
"At San Diego Jewish School, Snacks Must be Kosher - Pigskin Allowed” by Edmon J. Rodman

Comments: Well written, quirky story. Good mix of observations, interviews, and perspective.


Second Place
The Jewish Week, New York, NY
"Dipping Into Hummus' Growing Market" by Adam Dickter

Comments: Strong reporting. Lots of sources. Tells an interesting story of the world wide hummus business. Nice read.


Division B. Newspapers from 7,500 to 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Eyes From the Ashes" by Andrea Jacobs

Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Protecting Our Children" by Chris Leppek

Division C. Newspapers 1 to 7,499 circulation.

First Place
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
"A Piece of Your Mind: Ethical Wills Let You Express Your Values to Future Generations" by Marilyn Hawkes

Comments: This piece did an excellent job of explaining a compelling topic, with real life people expressing genuine emotions


Second Place
Jewish Independent, Vancouver, BC
"One Patriarch's Estate" by Richard Wenner

Division D. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"Mishpoche Enablers" by Leora Eren Frucht

Comments: Compelling story on a cutting-edge topic. Unlike many entries, this piece acknowledged and explored alternative views.


Second Place
B’nai B’rith Magazine, Washington, DC
"Neither Hollywood Nor Bollywood" by Dara Kahn

Comments: This piece did a good job mixing data, narratives, and history to paint a full picture of an interesting trend.

Category 8: Excellence in Arts and Criticism News and Features

Division A. Critical analysis/review, usually of a single artistic endeavor, whether in literature, theater, film or fine arts and crafts. All Newspapers and Magazine/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"Hollywood Report: A Serious Comedy" by Yoram Hazony

Second Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"Al Pacino's Pain" by Joshua Furst

Division B. Reporting on an artistic endeavor, trend, movement or personality, whetherin literature, theater, film or fine arts and crafts.All Newspapers and Magazine/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"The Dancers' Kibbutz" by Leora Eren Frucht


Second Place
Washington Jewish Week, Rockville, MD
"Theater J Drama" (page 1) (page 2) by Richard Greenberg


Category 9: The David Frank Award for Excellence in Personality Profiles

Divisions A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"The World Cup Winner" by Dan Friedman

Comments: Well told story on a little-known subject.


Second Place
Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, PA
"From a Chaotic Life to a New One of 'Familial' Order" by Fredda Sacharow

Comments: Compelling and sensitively told.


Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Chicago Jewish News, Skokie, IL
"Do Feed the Animals" by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood


Comments: Offbeat, richly detailed, well researched.


Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Sam Howard" by Hillel Goldberg

Comments: Sensitively told, well paced.


Division C. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place

Angela Himsel, New York, NY
"Coming Home"


Category 10: Excellence in Overall Graphic Design (3-Issue Submission)

Divisions A: Newspapers over 15,000 circulation.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
March 12, May 28, and June 4, 2010 Issues by Kurt Hoffman and Richard Harrington

Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Jacksonville Jewish News, Jacksonville, FL
February, March, and April 2010 Issues by Diane Rodgers

Division C. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place
TRIBE, Los Angeles, CA
March, April, and May 2010 Issues by Lynn Pelkey


Category 11: Excellence in Special Sections or Supplements

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"Abraham Cahan" by Lil Swanson and Dan Friedman

Second Place
The Jewish Week, New York, NY
Text/Context: "Water"

Division B. Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.

First Place
Cleveland Jewish News, Beachwood, OH
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magazine October 2010

Second Place
St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis, MO
2010 Fall Arts Guide

Division C. Magazines.

First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"Hadassah: The Road to 100"

Category 12: Excellence in Cover Design (3-Cover Submission)

Division A. Magazines and Magazine-Style Covers.

First Place
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
December 3, September 3, and October 29, 2010 Issues by Dan Kacvinski

 

Comments: Clever, well constructed and meticulous, with great type.


Second Place
Jewish Standard, Teaneck, NJ
April 9, November 5, and November 19, 2010 Issues

Division B. Standard newsprint page 1 and broadsheet formats.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY

April 16, August 20, and September 17, 2010 Issues by Kurt Hoffman and Richard Harrington


Comments: Very professional, balanced and readable, excellent typography.


Category 13: Excellence in Photography

Division A. All Newspapers.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"The Last Shtetl Jews of Belarus" by Diana Markosian

Division B. Magazines/Special Sections/Websites.

First Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"A Day in the Life of Kosher Denver" by Lucia De Giovanni and Gerald Mellman


Category 14: The Noah Bee Award for
Excellence in Illustration and/or Editorial Cartooning

Division A. Cartoons. All Newspapers/Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place
Steve Greenberg, Studio City, CA
"CharAid,” "Final Diminution,” "Water Fountains"


Comments: Poignant and hard hitting.


Division B. Illustrations. All Newspapers/Special Sections and Supplements/Websites.

First Place
Na’amat Woman, New York, NY
"An Empty Nest: Ruffled Feathers or Time to Soar? ,” "Big Issues on Campus ,” "Rumiya and the Shofar ,”

"Rock Stars of the Senior Singles ,” "When the Kibbutz Was a Kibbutz” by Marilyn Rose, Avi Katz, and Yevgenia Nayberg

Comments: A nice variety of artistic styles. All first rate.


Category 15: Outstanding Website

Division A. Newspapers over 15,000 circulation.

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY

www.forward.com

 

Comments: Great site. Plenty to keep a visitor engaged.


Division B.Newspapers under 14,999 circulation.


First Place
St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis, MO

www.stljewishlight.com

 

Comments: Terrific local focus. Great resource. Good social networking integration.


Division D. Web-only Publications.


First Place
MyJewishLearning.com, New York, NY

www.myjewishlearning.com


Comments: Incredible site. You could spend hours here and just scratch the surface.


Category 16: Award for Excellence in Writing about Women

First Place
j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, San Francisco, CA
"True Confessions: S.F. Cartoon Art Museum Showcasing the Comics of 18 Jewish Women" (page 1) (page 2) by Rachel Leibold

Second Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"The Leading Jew in Labor Wears Pearls" by Josh Nathan-Kazis


Category 17: Nefesh B'Nefesh Award for The Story of Aliyah

First Place
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, New York, NY
"10 Years From Aliyah: An Immigrant Family Marks a Decade in Israel" by Marcy Oster


Category 18: The Jewish Healthcare Foundation Award for Excellence in Writing about Health

First Place
Jewish Daily Forward, New York, NY
"C-Sections: A Birthing Debate Divides New Moms" by Sarah Wildman

Second Place
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
"Unsung Heroes" by Josh Sayles

Category 19: Award for Excellence in Organizational Newsletters

First Place
B'Yachad, New York, NY
Fall, Winter, and Spring "Together" by Ariel Vered, Jodi Bodner, and Dan Irizarry

Comments: Very consistent. Well organized and always interesting.

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