WJW takes three awards for Jewish journalism excellence


Washington Jewish Week received three Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for work in 2014.

Senior Writer Suzanne Pollak and Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey W. Melada shared the second-place award in feature writing for “The pain changes your life,” about local parents seeking answers after their teenage children’s suicides.

Melada took second place in the Louis Rapoport Award for commentary for three entries: “A high calling,” “The limits of language” and “The right to privacy.”

Senior Writer David Holzel, Melada and Editorial Director Joshua Runyan received the second-place award in editorial writing. Editorials cited were: “Our boys,” written after Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel were found murdered; “The interdating challenge” about changing approaches in the Conservative movement; and “On El Al, we are one people,” about issues raised by a group of haredi men who tried to pay other airplane passengers to switch seats with them so they would not have to sit next to women.


WJW’s sister publication, the Baltimore Jewish Times, received four Rockowers for overall graphic design, graphic design for a publication’s cover, excellence in a single commentary and writing about health care.

Rockower Awards are given annually by the American Jewish Press Association.

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