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Jewish Action Wins Six Rockower Awards

Jewish Action won six Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for work that appeared in 2023. The announcement was made at the recent American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) Conference.

The magazine secured first place in the Excellence in Writing about Social Justice and Humanitarian Work category for Steve Lipman’s “Good Deeds Make Good Neighbors,” sharing stories of communities that came together to find solutions for communal challenges.

Frequent Jewish Action writer Merri Ukraincik won second place in Excellence in Feature Writing with her article “Navigating Widowhood,” expertly tackling a difficult topic in a sensitive and engaging way.

Channah Cohen and Batsheva Moskowitz won second place in Excellence in Writing about Young Families/People for “Singlehood in the Community: Are We Missing the Mark?,” a masterful presentation of the results of the OU Center for Communal Research’s study of singlehood.

Editor-in-Chief Nechama Carmel also won second place for Journalistic Excellence in Covering Zionism, Aliyah and Israel for “Up Close with Rivka Ravitz,” an enlightening conversation with the former chief of staff to Israel’s tenth president.

The magazine also won honorable mention in two categories: in Excellence in Writing about Jewish Thought and Life for Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank’s “What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us about What it Means to be Human,” an eloquent and thoughtful exploration of the philosophical implications of AI; and in Excellence in Writing about the War in Israel: News and Feature Writing for “The Unity of a Nation,” a collection of essays by authors Tania Hammer, Carol Ungar, Batsheva Moskowitz, Merri Ukraincik and Toby Klein Greenwald highlighting the endless and ongoing stream of chesed and achdut following the events of October 7.

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 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 Jewish and non-Jewish media.

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