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Jewish Journal Wins Two LA Press Club Awards and Several Other Honors

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June 26, 2023

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles took home several honors at the 65th annual Los Angeles Press Club Awards on Sunday.

Editor-in-Chief David Suissa won first place in two categories.

Suissa won for Best Columnist for a newspaper with under 50K with his piece, “Can we fight antisemitism without losing our sense of humor?” Comment from Press Club: “This is a great topic, exhibiting clear writing and making important points.”

He also won best Entertainment News or Feature for his piece, The Fabelmans’: Steven Spielberg’s Antidote to Jewish Victimhood.” Comment: “The lead and the topic were insightful and on point.”

Suissa received runner-up honors for best Personality Profile for his piece, “Mark Schiff: Laughs from the Heart,” and 2nd place for Commentary for his cover story, “Why Was There No Warp Speed for Therapeutics?

Tabby Refael won runner-up honors for Best Columnist for her piece, “Want to Be Pro-Israel? Support Iranians.”

The Journal also had finalists in several categories:

Humor/Satire Writing:  Tabby Refael, “If the Pilgrims Had Been Jewish

Best Travel Reporting: Lisa Niver, “Joshua Tree National Park: My First Visit!

Best Educational Reporting: Debra Eckerling, “YULA Boys High School Students Buy Their Teacher a Car

Personality Profile/Interview, Non-Entertainment Personalities, over 10 minutes: Lisa Niver, “Make Your Own Map Podcast” episode, “Deepak Chopra on the Divine Feminine and World Meditation Day.”

In total, the Journal had eight nominations, three runner-up awards and two winners.

The event at the Crystal Ballroom in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel also featured several prominent names with honorary awards. Among them, Bernard-Henri Lévy was awarded The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. The award was presented by Daniel’s father, Judea Pearl.

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