Journalists win B’nai B’rith awards for stories on Ukraine, anti-Semitism


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A print journalist who reported extensively on the plight of Jews in eastern Ukraine and a television journalist who reported on rising anti-Semitism in Europe were winners of a B’nai B’rith World Center journalism award.

Sam Sokol of The Jerusalem Post and Nadav Eyal of Israel’s Channel 10 won the 2015 Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage in memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf.

A Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky will be presented to Kol Yisrael-The Voice of Israel Radio for its long-running program “Searching for Relatives Bureau,” now edited and presented by Izi Mann.

The winners were chosen from among 25 candidates.

The award recognizes excellence in reporting on contemporary Diaspora-Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations in Israeli print and electronic media.

In a series of 30 articles published in The Jerusalem Post in 2014, Sokol reported on the fast-changing situation of Jews in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine.

Eyal’s hourlong program “Hate,” broadcast on Oct. 7, 2014, dealt with rising anti-Semitism in Europe and was filmed on location in Germany, England and Greece. The broadcast also aired earlier in the year as a four-part miniseries on Channel 10.

The Voice of Israel’s “Searching for Relatives Bureau” program was inaugurated in 1945 to help Holocaust survivors track down missing relatives. The program was broadcast continuously until 1969, and was relaunched in 2000 in a new format that includes interviews and investigative reporting.

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