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The 32nd Annual Simon Rockower Award Winners
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2013 Awards (for work done in 2012)

Category 1: The Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
New Jersey Jewish News, Whippany, NJ
"Heaven can wait,” "Washed out,” "Speak politics the Jewish way” by Andrew Silow-Carroll

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/139092395650f8640e50bcc_0.pdf

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/135190109750f8640e5adc3_1.pdf

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Comments: Insight mixed with great humor and impeccable style.

 

Second Place

j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, San Francisco, CA
"The Column” by Sue Fishkoff

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/65913/the-column-be-a-jew-go-to-the-movies/
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/65998/the-column-prayer-theres-an-app-for-that/
http://www.jweekly.com/includes/print/65240/article/the-column-forgotten-heroes-of-a-long-ago-war/

 

Comments: Smart and incisive takes on quirky slices of life.


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO

"Black hole and the light of faith” by Hillel Goldberg

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/11988100905109ae737d130_0.pdf


Comments: Three eloquent essays that combine brilliant style with forceful advocacy.

Second Place

The Rockland Jewish Federation Reporter, West Nyack, NY
"The canary in the coal mine,” "Not so different, yet worlds apart,” "Just one minute” by Marla Cohen

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/6445525725109a9209f40c_0.pdf


Comments: Insightful and well written personal commentary.


Category 2: Award for Excellence in Single Commentary


Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Web-Based Outlets.


First Place

Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"Letter from Jerusalem: Triage for founding values” by Gershom Gorenberg

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/160188121050f9585ed0f5d_0.pdf


Comments: Excellent analysis of Israel's past and future struggle for its domestic identity - and extremely well written. Incisive historical perspective, yet very forward-looking. Great use of Jared Diamond, and a wonderful play on words in the all-important closing paragraph.


Second Place
Jewish Standard, Teaneck, NJ
"Obama’s distorted Israel image” by Shammai Engelmayer


Comments: It is a well-executed political commentary.


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Milwaukee, WI
"We want to be inclusive, but you must want to be included” by Leon Cohen

http://www.jewishchronicle.org/article.php?article_id=13926


Comments: The author provides a declaration of what a Jewish newspaper should be to the community.


Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"What they didn’t tell me on my bar mitzvah” by Hillel Goldberg

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/10225995975109b1b997edd_0.pdf


Comments: Nice personal thoughts.


Category 3: Award for Excellence in Personal Essay

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
Ruth EbensteinJerusalem, Israel (Published in Tablet Magazine)

"Brought together by cancer: Israeli and Palestinian breast-cancer survivors build camaraderie as we face a common enemy” by Ruth Ebenstein

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/113749/brought-together-by-cancer


Second Place
JTA Inc., New York, NY
"Dressing like my Jewish mother” by Edmon J. Rodman
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/05/10/3095186/dressing-like-my-jewish-mother


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
Jewish Independent, Vancouver, BC
"In honor of those murdered” by Karen James
http://jewishindependent.ca/Archives/July12/archives12July27-09.html


Second Place
The Jewish Journal (North of Boston), Salem, MA
"A new feeling” by Peter Nathan

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/2029595941510bfe391f519_0.pdf


Category 4: Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
The Canadian Jewish News, North York, Ontario
"Expel Iran from UN,” "Israel must uphold the law,” "Israel should investigate” by Mordechai Ben-Dat

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/150043842050d35cc1ebfcf_0.pdf

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Comments: These are well-argued, well-written editorials that have the courage of their convictions, even when the object of criticism is the Jewish community itself.

 

Second Place

j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, San Francisco, CA

"Ode to a Kitchen Table,” "Anat Hoffman arrest at Wall is a shanda,” "Tit-for-tat provocations impede peace”

Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
Jewish Independent, Vancouver, BC
"Focusing on motives,” "Four other questions,” "Jerusalem: A Jewish city” by staff


Second Place
St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis, MO
"A Tal order,” "Antidisestablishmentarianism,” "The hate state” by Larry Levin and Robert A. Cohn

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/1251215020510f0bff98626_1.pdf

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

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
JTA Inc., New York, NY
"Can Greg Schneider steer the Claims Conference past a $57m fraud?” by Uriel Heilman

http://www.jta.org/2012/07/09/news-opinion/united-states/can-greg-schneider-steer-the-claims-conference-past-a-57m-fraud

Second Place
j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, San Francisco, CA
"Jewish at U.C: the real report, by students themselves” by Dan Pine

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/66790/jewish-at-u.c.-the-real-report-by-the-students-themselves/


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place

The Boiling Point, Los Angeles, CA
"Jewish life is improving at UCs” by Tamar Willis


Category 6: Award for Excellence in News Reporting

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
Jewish StandardTeaneck, NJ
"Love and hate in Bergen County” by Larry Yudelson, Charles Zusman, Josh Lipowsky and Abigail Klein Leichman

Second Place
The Jewish Week, New York, NY
"Has the ‘Tough Love’ rebbe gone too far?” by Gary Rosenblatt and Yedidya Gorsetman

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/israel-news/has-tough-love-rebbe-gone-too-far


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
Chicago Jewish News, Skokie, IL
"Campus showdown” by Pauline Yearwood

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/1286366357510a70ac246b2_0.pdf

 

Comments: Strong reporting gave new insight to a complicated fight within Chicago's Jewish community. The story explained the issue from all sides with clarity.

Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Is marijuana kosher?” by Chris Leppek

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/6671957225109b53a055d2_0.pdf

Comments: An interesting take on an issue that was in the news statewide, this story raised new questions and brought in a wide range of opinion.


Category 7: Award for Excellence in Feature Writing

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over.

First Place
Hamodia, Brooklyn, NY
"The lost Jewish world - A visit to contemporary Lithuania” by Evelyne Singer and Ruth Lichtenstein

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/85575394651101129b742a_0.pdf

Comments: A well-researched, well-reported and deeply felt look at a lost Jewish world. It showed, in heart-breaking detail, the vitality of that community, how little is left today and the horror of what happened in between.

Second Place
JTA Inc.New York, NY
"For Jewish Deadheads, the music never stopped” by Chavie Lieber

http://www.jta.org/2012/12/04/life-religion/for-jewish-deadheads-the-music-never-stopped

Comments: A thorough and well-written look at yet another of the myriad ways to be Jewish today. Informative, vividly reported and a delight to read.


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

First Place
Chicago Jewish News, Skokie, IL
"Savers of the lost ark” by Pauline Yearwood

Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Cremation vs. burial: the final act” by Andrea Jacobs

Division C. Newspapers from 1-7,499 circulation.

First Place

Jewish Independent, Vancouver, BC
"What Hebrew do we speak?” by Nurit Dekel

Second Place
Yiddish Forward, Yonkers, NY
"Inside Hasidic modesty patrols” by Rukhl Schaechter

http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4860
http://forward.com/articles/168172/inside-hasidic-modesty-patrols/?p=all


Division D. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Web-Based Outlets.


First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"A legacy in harmony” by Tom Tugend


Second Place
Jewish Action (Orthodox Union), New York, NY
"Striking a balance: Work & family” by Barbara Bensoussan, Azriela Jaffe, Tova Ross, Nechama Carmel and Rashel Zywica

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/181623495450f82a94e6da7_0.pdf


Category 8: Award for 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/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
"Dylan, Cohen: Lions in winter” by Salvatore Caputo
http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/126216294550f9ac269f315_0.pdf


Comments: The writing here flows with such natural fluidity, it is irresistible. The writer displays a deep knowledge of his subjects and impressive critical skills.


Second Place
JTA Inc., New York, NY
"Is HBO’s ‘Girls’ about young women’s struggles, or some women’s privileges?” by Dvora Meyers

 

Comments: Superlative writing and trenchant critical comments. Particularly strong opening paragraph and closing sentence.


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/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"The victory of Jewish music over evil” by Andrea Jacobs

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/15602599385109bc87e8699_0.pdf


Comments: A beautifully written profile of a man, a choral group and the role of music in both Jewish liturgy and the Holocaust. The writer's emotional and intellectual engagement with the subject is obvious. This story told me things I didn't know, and made me want to learn more.

Second Place

Na’amat Woman, New York, NY
"Helene Aylon” by Judith A. Sokoloff

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/794526986510acea948609_0.pdf


Comments: This is a smart, sophisticated and admirably in-depth profile of an artist who both uses Judaism and questions Judaism in her work.


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

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over.

First Place
j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
"Road to atonement” by Alix Wall

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/66471/road-to-atonement-joshua-kaplan-is-on-a-new-path-after-serving-22-years-for/

 

Comments: What struck me about this story was the breadth of reporting. The reporter tried to contact the victim's family; she spoke to people who knew him in prison, etc.

Second Place
Jewish ExponentPhiladelphia, PA
"His central business: Peace among people” by Bryan Schwartzman

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/73392066510ad5d087da3_0.pdf


Comments: Fascinating story. Flows smoothly and well reported.


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
JTNews, Seattle, WA
"Chief rabbi’s visit unites community” by Emily K. Alhadeff

http://www.jtnews.net/index.php?/news/item/chief_rabbis_visit_unites_community1/


Second Place
Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO
"Hadassah’s founder: The lonely and courageous life of Henrietta Szold” by Hillel Goldberg

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/21173469575109bd783d80b_0.pdf

Division C. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
"Profile: Amos Oz” by Rahel Musleah

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/57904846350f960a9e47e5_0.pdf


Second Place

Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY

"Profile: Laila Abed Rabho” by Shoshana London Sappir

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/129879955750f9601659550_0.pdf

 

Category 10: Award for Excellence in Special Sections or Supplements

Division A: Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over.

First Place
Hamodia, Brooklyn, NY
"Hurricane Sandy” by staff and Ruth Lichtenstein


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
Jewish Voice, Wilmington, DE
"Shalom Delaware” by Seth J. Katzen, Carolyn Katwan and Shoshana Martyniak


Second Place

St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis, MO

"Israel alive” by Ellen Futterman, Mike Sherwin, Richard Weiss and Larry Levin


Division C. Magazines.

First Place
Hadassah MagazineNew York, NY
August/September – Centennial issue by Alan M. Tigay


Category 11: Award for Excellence in Organizational Newsletters

Division A. Organizational Hard Copy.

First Place
NCSY, New York, NY
Ignite – Spring (Passover) 2012 by Duvi Stahler, Tova Flancbaum and Scott Saunders

http://issuu.com/ncsy/docs/ignitespring2012

 

Comments: Your compelling stories, particularly the "Spotlights" section, and bright colors convey energy and likely will appeal to your target audience.


Division B. eNewsletter.

First Place
Intermountain Jewish NewsDenver, CO
IJN Weekly eNewsletter by Shana Goldberg

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b5794f916b0b1a0843f84d972&id=340ab9095d

 

Comments: Your front pages are laid out well for easy scanning by readers, without scrolling down a long page. Concise teasers lead to feature story pages via "read more" buttons, and sidebars offer additional news, community calendar etc. Very user friendly!

 

Category 12: Award for Excellence in Writing About Women

 

First Place

Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY

"Family Matters: Pure and prosaic" by Miriam Karp

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/58578253050f9622e19dae_0.pdf

 

Comments: Karp's is a beautiful, spiritual, personal essay about completing tahara - ritual purification of the deceased - for the first time. Her pacing is exquisite, her tone is deeply respectful, and her account is marked by lovely attention to detail. Karp's experience, and her meditation on it, leaves the reader awed.


Second Place

The Boiling Point, Los Angeles, CA

"Going solo: New view of ‘kol isha’ lets girls sing on their own” by Rebecca Mandel

http://www.shalhevetboilingpoint.com/arts/2012/04/18/kol-isha/

 

Comments: Mandel explores in a thorough, informative and sensitive way the tension between tradition and change at a coed Modern Orthodox day school in L.A. By describing from every angle the school's decision to allow women to sing solos, in contravention of traditional Orthodox interpretations of a Biblical phrase, she makes an otherwise hard-to-grasp issue accessible to non-Orthodox readers. Her story resonates at a time when Jewish women in the U.S. and Israel are seeking a greater voice in religious affairs, and her reporting and storytelling skills impress.

Category 13: The Jacob Rader Marcus Award for Journalistic Excellence in American Jewish History

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over; all Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Web-Based Outlets.

First Place
B’nai B’rith Magazine, Washington, DC
"Jews in the Southern struggle for civil rights: Letting justice roll down” by Dina Weinstein

http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=115095&p=10


Second Place

Hamodia, Brooklyn, NY

"The Jewish Consumptives Relief Society” by Devorah Klein and Ruth Lichtenstein

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/6738446351100eba8673f_0.pdf

Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
The Dayton Jewish Observer, Centerville, OH
"Kosher Titanic — and other Jewish connections to the ill-fated liner” by Marshall Weiss

http://www.jewishdayton.org/observer/jewish-connections-to-titanic/
http://www.jewishdayton.org/observer/kosher-titanic/
http://www.jewishdayton.org/observer/lost-found-at-sea/
http://www.jewishdayton.org/observer/kosher-deli-in-england-a-titanic-survivor’s-legacy/
http://www.jewishdayton.org/observer/at-halifax’s-jewish-cemetery-a-titanic-section/

 

Second Place

Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, CO

"Hadassah’s founder: The lonely and courageous life of Henrietta Szold” by Hillel Goldberg

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/14877591735109bfa36222c_0.pdf


Category 14: Award for Excellence in Overall Graphic Design

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over.

First Place
j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, San Francisco, CA
January 6, February 24 and November 23, 2012 issues of j. weekly by Cathleen Maclearie

http://issuu.com/jweeklytest/docs/jan._6_smaller
http://issuu.com/jweeklytest/docs/feb._24_smaller
http://issuu.com/jweeklytest/docs/nov_23_smaller


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.

First Place
Baltimore Jewish Times, Owings Mill, MD
April 20, October 5 and October 19 issues by Lindsey Bridwell

http://issuu.com/baltjewishtimes/docs/bjt_100512?mode=window
http://issuu.com/baltjewishtimes/docs/bjt_042012?mode=window
http://issuu.com/baltjewishtimes/docs/bjt_101912?mode=window


Division C. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Web-Based Outlets.


First Place
Hadassah MagazineNew York, NY

June/July, August/September and October/November issues by Jodie Berzin Rossi


Category 15: Award for Excellence in Graphic Design: COVER

Division A. Magazines. Submit one (1) cover for the contest year.

First Place
NCSY, New York, NY

Ignite – Fall (Rosh Hashanah) 2012 Issue by Duvi Stahler, Tova Flancbaum, Michael Orbach, Andres Moncayo and Benji Cheirif

http://issuu.com/ncsy/docs/ignitefall2012


Comments: Excellent photo choice, restrained design. Matching the color in the masthead to the photo is a nice touch.


Division B. Newspapers (encompasses weekly and non-weekly newspapers). Submit three (3) covers from the contest year.


First Place
j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, San Francisco, CA

May 4, October 12 and December 14, 2012 covers by Cathleen Maclearie

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/9832984025101bc2e234c1_0.pdf

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/2036061815101bc2e282e3_1.pdf

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Comments: j.'s covers are always designed with style and grace.


Second Place
Chicago JUF News, Chicago, IL

May, July and September 2012 covers by Alyssa Zeller

 


Category 16: The Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Illustrating and/or Editorial Cartooning

 

Division A. Cartoons.


First Place
Steve Greenberg, Burbank, CA
"Greenberg’s View”

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Division B. Illustrations.

 

First Place
Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY
August/September, October/November and December/January issues by Koren Shadmi, Andy Potts, Christiane Grauert, Yevgenia Nayberg, and Stefano Morri
http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/207106265050f965b25e1ff_0.pdf

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/100970613850f965b26090b_1.pdf

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Comments: A nice range of illustrations, sensitively drawn and well presented.

 

Category 17: Award for Excellence in Photography

Division A. All Newspapers.


First Place
The Dayton Jewish Observer, Centerville, OH
"Keeping the faith…every day” by Marshall Weiss

http://www.jewishdayton.org/observer/keeping-the-faith-every-day/


Second Place

Jewish Herald-Voice, Houston, TX

Cover photo of rabbi by Michael Duke

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/103881103750edc9d9a99d4_0.pdf


Division B. Magazines/Special Sections and Supplements/Web-Based Outlets.


First Place

Hadassah Magazine, New York, NY

"Suited for action,” June/July cover by Debbie Zimelman

http://58028505f9d0490e239d-dd278761b79c5ed7a0a13a08da51440a.r34.cf2.rackcdn.com/181375025850f9662739811_0.pdf

 

Category 18: Award for Outstanding Website

Division A. Newspapers 15,000 circulation and over.

First Place

Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, PA

www.jewishexponent.com


Division B. Newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.


First Place
St. Louis Jewish LightSt. Louis, MO

www.stljewishlight.com by Mike Sherwin, Agatha Gallagher and Tom Wombacher


Division D. Web-Based Outlets.


First Place
My Jewish Learning, New York, NY

www.MyJewishLearning.com


Second Place

InterfaithFamily.com, Newton Upper Falls, MA

www.InterfaithFamily.com by Benjamin Maron, Heather Martin and Ed Case

 

Category 19: Award for Excellence in a Multi-Media Story

Division A. Jewish Media News Outlets.

First Place
JTA Inc., New York, NY

"Holy hoops — The story of the Beren Academy basketball team” by Uri Fintzy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQpCO6oM4_I

 

Comments: This was a timely and well produced video report from JTA.

 

Division B. Jewish Organizations.


First Place
Jewish National Fund, New York, NY

"Positively Israel” by Megan Taylor and Ezra Chasser

http://www.jnf.org/positivelyisrael/

 

Comments: This website used many multimedia elements to tell its story, including an annotated map, videos and links for people to take action.


Category 20: Award for Excellence in Blogging

First Place
JTA Inc., New York, NY

"Capital J” by Ron Kampeas

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/


Comments: Ron Kampeas rocks the blog format: his writing is warm and conversational, informal, but still always thoughtful. It's creative -- using text and images and video -- and still has the kind of precision you hear in good jazz improv.


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Chicago JUF NewsChicago, IL

"That's Feminist, with a Capital 'F,’” "Training the Black Dog,” "Progress” by Linda Haase

http://www.juf.org/news/blog.aspx?id=413768http://www.juf.org/news/blog.aspx?blogmonth=3&blogyear=2012&blogid=13556
http://www.juf.org/news/blog.aspx?id=417633&blogid=13556


Comments: I just loved Linda Haase's pieces: her posts, like many of the best blogs, are highly first-person subjective, but unlike many of the worst, are not a festival of narcissistic TMI. She's a really fine writer and I'll look for her in the future.

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