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Forward Takes Home 11 ‘Jewish Pulitzers’

The Forward took home a record 11 honors at the annual conference of the American Jewish Press Association, held this year in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, the Jewish media’s top honor, were presented June 16 at a banquet dinner, attended by writers, editors and publishers from dozens of Jewish newspapers, magazines and websites.

Here’s what the Forward won:

Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing
First Place
Jane Eisner
“Birth-responsibility”

Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing
Second Place
Jane Eisner
“Save Sudan”

Award for Excellence in Single Commentary
Second Place
Eric Yoffie
“On Gaza, Sense and Centrism”

The Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Coverage or Investigative Reporting
First Place
Nathaniel Popper
Series on Jews in the labor movement

The Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Coverage or Investigative Reporting
Second Place
Rebecca Dube, Alison Cies, Thane Rosenbaum, Nathaniel Popper, Josh Nathan-Kazis, Beth Schwartzapfel, Gal Beckerman
Coverage of the Bernard Madoff scandal

Award for Excellence in Feature Writing
Second Place
Gabrielle Birkner
“At Kinky Jews Seder, Pharoah Isn’t the Only One With the Whip”

Award for Excellence in Overall Graphic Design
First Place
Kurt Hoffman and Richard Harrington

The Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Illustrating and/or Editorial Cartooning
Second Place, Cartoons
Eli Valley

The Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Illustrating and/or Editorial Cartooning
Second Place, Illustrations
Kurt Hoffman

Nefesh B’Nefesh Award for the Excellence in Writing About Aliyah
Second Place
Jonathan Kesselman
“Writing in My Father’s Footsteps”

Award for Outstanding Web Site
Second Place
www.forward.com

These awards recognized work published in the Forward during the 2009 calendar year. For its 2009 coverage, the Forward won more Rockower Awards than it had in any year past.

As the three-day AJPA conference was long-scheduled for Arizona, the state in which the governor recently signed into law a controversial bill aimed at identifying illegal immigrants, the gathering included two sessions that explored Jewish perspectives on immigration policy.

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