Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz was awarded the B’nai B’rith World Center’s 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award” for journalism on the Diaspora, it was announced Thursday.
Matan Hodorov (Channel 10) and Judy Maltz (Haaretz) were announced as the winners of the annual awards for broadcast and print journalism recognizing excellence in Diaspora reportage in memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf. 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.”
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.
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.
The award jury comprised: Asher Weill (chair), publisher and editor of “Ariel,” The Israel Review of Arts and Letters (1981-2003); Prof. Yehudit Auerbach, School of Communication, Bar Ilan University; Eytan Bentsur, former director general, Foreign Ministry; Sara Frenkel, former Diaspora correspondent for Israel Radio and Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2002; Shalom Kital, former director general, News Company, Channel 2; Prof. Tamar Liebes, former head, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University; Prof. Gabriela Shalev, chair, Higher Academic Council, Ono Academic College and former Israel ambassador to the United Nations, and Bambi Sheleg, founder and editor-in-chief, “Eretz Acheret” and award winner for 2011.
The award in the broadcast media category went to Hodorov for his four-part series broadcast in late 2013 entitled “The New Immigrants.” The series focuses on the growing phenomenon of emigration of young Israelis to the US and Europe due to financial hardships they face in Israel and the formation of a new Jewish clusters in the Diaspora. Before becoming chief economic correspondent at Channel 10 in 2009, Hodorov served for six years as financial correspondent at Army Radio.
The award in the print media category went to Maltz for a large body of work that appeared in the course of 2013 in Haaretz in both Hebrew and English, including articles about the Greek, Brazilian, Ugandan, Yemenite, US British and Hungarian Jewish communities. Maltz has also written for The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report and Globes.
Following the jury’s decision, B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider said, “Judging from the continued increase of applicants and entries for the award there seems to be profound interest in Diaspora Jewry and Israel-Diaspora relations among Israeli journalists that still deserves encouragement and recognition through this important awards project.”
The B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism is named for the late Wolf Matsdorf, former editor of the B’nai B’rith World Center journal “Leadership Briefing” and a journalist in Israel and Australia, and his wife, the late Hilda Matsdorf, a pioneer in social work in both Australia and Israel. Horovitz, then at The Jerusalem Report, won the 1995 Matsdorf award for his coverage of the 1994 AMIA bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. He later worked as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post (2004-2011) before founding The Times of Israel in 2012.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky. The award is made possible through donations from Prof. Daniel Schydlowsky, a member of the B’nai B’rith World Center International Board of Governors (Lima, Peru and Washington, DC), and the Matsdorf family.
B’nai B’rith International, the global voice of the Jewish community, is the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization in the world. Since 1843, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity and tolerance. The B’nai B’rith World Center has served since 1982 as BBI’s permanent and official presence in Jerusalem and as its public affairs arm in Israel. It is dedicated to strengthening Israel-Diaspora relations.