The B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem has announced the winners of its Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage for 2022. The Award winner is Ariel Kahana, political correspondent, Israel Hayom; the Certificate of Merit went to Yisrael Katzover, reporter and commentator for Hamodia and the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Shlomo Nakdimon.
Kahana will receive the award in recognition of a series of articles and interviews about antisemitism in the United States, Israel-Diaspora relations and the integrity of the relationship in the time of COVID-19.
Katzover will receive a Certificate of Merit for a series of articles on Jewish communities in Arab countries.
Nakdimon will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his extensive and exceptional body of work, which spans more than six decades and reflects a profound commitment to the essence underlying the award.
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reporting on contemporary Diaspora Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations in Israeli print, broadcast and online media. The award is widely recognized as the most prestigious prize in the Israeli media industry for Diaspora reportage and was established to help strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. The award highlights the important contributions the media can make toward strengthening the relationship between Israel and world Jewry by encouraging quality reporting on Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations.
The award jury was comprised of these distinguished members: Ya’akov Ahimeir, former editor and anchor, Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2016; Dr. Yehudith Auerbach, former head of the Department of Journalism and Communication Studies, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Emeritus Sergio DellaPergola, The Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University; Sallai Meridor, former ambassador to the US and former chairman of the Zionist Executive and Jewish Agency for Israel; Prof. Gabriela Shalev, former ambassador to the UN; journalist Yair Sheleg; and Asher Weill, publisher and editor of Ariel, The Israel Review of Arts and Letters.