Award winners named for Diaspora reporting

Haaretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer and Israeli television producer Shaul Mayzlish won a journalism prize for Diaspora reportage.

The B’nai B’rith World Center on Wednesday announced the winners of its 2010 Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage In Memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf.

Pfeffer’s award in the print media category is for a series of 11 articles he published in a column titled “Jerusalem and Babylon” that appeared in the paper’s English edition.

Mayzlish won for producing and directing two films that aired on Israel Channel 1 presented in cooperation with Beit Hatfusot-The Museum of the Jewish People.

In addition, a lifetime achievement award will be presented to Avraham Tirosh, who worked at the daily M’ariv from 1967 to 2002 and remains a contributor; a certificate of merit to Israel Channel 10’s Ilan Goren for his film “Lost in India” that presents the return of the Tribe of Menashe to Judaism and their immigration to Israel; and a certificate of excellence to Shlomi Goldberg, the director of the Jewish Heritage and Culture Department at Israel’s Channel 1.

Liat Cohen of Bar Ilan University and Renen Yezersky of Sapir College will receive the first Gutman and Tova Rabinovich Award for Students of Journalism.

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 the Israeli print and electronic media.

The awards are named for the late Wolf Matsdorf, former editor of the B’nai B’rith World Center journal Leadership Briefing and a journalist in Israel and Australia; his wife, the late Hilda Matsdorf, a pioneer in social work in Australia and Israel; the late Gutman Rabinovich, longtime general manager of Maariv and president of B’nai B’rith Israel; and his wife, Tova.