Having lived both in the far-flung corners of the Diaspora and in the heart of the Jewish world, Israel, Australian social workers Dr. Wolf Matsdorf and wife Hilda were supremely aware of the media’s influence on strengthening the relationship between Israel and world Jewry.
Wolf, an editor of the B’nai B’rith World Center Journal “Leadership Briefing,” worked as well in journalism in Israel and Australia. As such, to honor their legacy, the Matsdorf family inaugurated in 1992 the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage.
The couple, passionate activists in many Jewish organizations including the Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism, the Society for the Rescue of European Jewry, and B’nai Brith International, recognized that quality reporting on Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations was essential for the resilience of both centers of the Jewish peoplehood.
The Times of Israel’s Jewish World editor Amanda Borschel-Dan and Allison Kaplan Sommer from Haaretz will be awarded the B’nai B’rith World Center Award in a July 7 ceremony in Jerusalem.
Both journalists write on a wide range of topics concerning the ties that bind Diaspora and Israeli Jewry.
Long-time Israel Broadcasting Authority journalist Ya’akov Ahimeir will received a Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky and musician Idan Raichel will accept a special citation for Outstanding Contribution to Israel-Diaspora Relations through the Arts.
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer will deliver the keynote address.
The general public is invited to the July 7 event, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim. To RSVP and reserve seating, email WorldCenter@012.net.il.