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Hadassah Presents and Receives Rockower Awards, Jewish Journalism Highest Honor

Ricky Cheung


(New York, NY -- June 26, 2006) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, played a key role recently at the yearly presentation of the Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism in Baltimore, where the American Jewish Press Association held its annual meetings. Not only did Hadassah Magazine win a number of Rockower Awards, Jewish journalism’s highest honor, but for the third consecutive year, Hadassah sponsored and presented an award for outstanding writing on women’s issues. Sharona Hoffman, immediate past president of the Hadassah Greater Baltimore, presented the Hadassah Award for Excellence in Writing about Women to a varied group of publications.

According to Hoffman: “As a national organization of highly empowered women, we at Hadassah feel that the issues that face Jewish women today affect and impact the entire Jewish community. They deserve to be covered in the most responsible and thoughtful manner and if our sponsoring this award in anyway encourages that, then we are all well served.” 

First place went to Women’s League Outlook Magazine for “A Movement Transformed, Women’s Ordination and Conservative Judaism,” by Penny Leifer with contributions by Rhonda Kahn. The second place award was split between Jewish Woman, for an article entitled, “The Science of Success,” by Debra Nussbaum Cohen and World Jewish Digest for its entry “On Being Single, Alone and...Fulfilled,” by Tobin Belzer. Third place went to a small-circulation paper, the Western Massachusetts Jewish Ledger for “Expert on Domestic Violence Gains Local Attention,” by Doug Chandler.

Though Hadassah’s own publication, Hadassah Magazine, is disqualified from submitting entries for the Hadassah-sponsored award, as in past years, it walked away with a lion’s share of awards in a number of other Rockower categories, winning nine awards, including for commentary, special sections, photography, illustrations, and stories on aliyah, or immigration to Israel. Within those categories the Magazine took three first places, four second places and two third place awards; it won more awards than any other magazine, newspaper or web publication.


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