Jewish Action Wins Five Rockower Awards

At the recent American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) Conference, Jewish Action, the magazine of the Orthodox Union, won five Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for work that appeared in 2020.

“As winner of five Rockover awards again this year, Jewish Action does not disappoint,” said Dr. Rosalyn Sherman, Chair of Jewish Action. “Year after year, its superb editorial and writing staff keeps the public informed and aware of the latest issues affecting Jewish life. Combining a level of both sophistication and accessibility, Jewish Action remains among the premier magazines serving the Jewish community today.”

The magazine secured both first place in the Excellence in Feature Writing category as well as first place in the Excellence in Writing About Health Care category for “Nicotine is Back. Now What?” by Rachel Schwartzberg, which provides an in-depth look at vaping among Orthodox teens.

Longtime Jewish Action writer Barbara Bensoussan won second place in Excellence in Writing about Food and Wine with her article about a cookbook author who finds her Jewish roots: “Converso Cuisine: Chanukah Recipes Dating Back to the Days of the Inquisition.”

The magazine also won first place in Excellence in Education Reporting for Ahuva Reich’s “The Age of Anxiety” about the rising anxiety among school-age children.

Additionally, it won second place in Excellence in Education Reporting for “Being Mindful on Campus,” by Ahuva Reich, which explores how mindfulness is helping college students cope with anxiety.

“It’s gratifying to me that independent, expert journalists recognize what I’ve known for more than fifteen years—that our highly talented editorial staff raise the bar each and every year,” said Jerry Schreck, Co-Chair of Jewish Action. “Congratulations to our editors, our writers and to the members of the Editorial Board on this occasion.”

The prestigious Simon Rockower Awards, referred to as the “Jewish Pulitzers,” are sponsored by the AJPA, which holds a journalism competition for leading Jewish magazines and newspapers from across the country. The entries are judged by a panel of judges with expertise in journalism, writing/reporting, editing, graphic design and cartooning in both the Jewish and non-Jewish media.

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