VIEWPOINT: Israel-Diaspora relations now and then

By ALAN SCHNEIDER
June 13, 2018 13:53
4 minute read.
Yair Sheleg, Sergio DellaPergola, Elliott Abrams, Amotz Asa-El, Yair Teitelbaum, Yair She

From left: Yair Sheleg, Sergio DellaPergola, Elliott Abrams, Amotz Asa-El, Yair Teitelbaum, Yair Sherki, Yehudith Auerbach, Gabriela Shalev, Sallai Meridor, Dr. Haim V. Katz and Alan Schneider. (photo credit: BRUNO CHARBIT)

WOLF MATSDORF (of blessed memory) was a journalist and German-Jewish Zionist who first fled to Australia before making aliya with his wife Hilda later in life. Wolf saw wonders in the development of the State of Israel and identified with the B’nai B’rith World Center—Jerusalem’s mandate to forge closer relations between Israel and the Diaspora. When we set out to challenge and honor journalists to share the stories of the Diaspora in the Israeli media, Wolf served as our inspiration and today the honor bears his name.

For the past 26 years, the B’nai B’rith World Center—Jerusalem has been conferring its Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage. As the initiator of the project, my motivation was to establish a project that would appropriately memorialize Wolf, and also serve to honor those who build bridges through healthy media dialogue.

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