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2008 Winners: Anthony Weiss, Jocelyn Frank,
Cole Krawitz and Yasmeen Malik


The Be'chol Lashon Media Awards were presented on May 3, 2009, honoring excellence in coverage of Jewish ethnic diversity in print, broadcast/film and new media from the previous year. In its second year and its first of open competition, the contest drew entries from around the world, including explorations of African, African-American, Latino, Asian and Arab Jewry. The winners, who each received $1,000, were:


Print
Anthony Weiss
The Obamas Have a Rabbi in the Family

The Forward
September 4, 2008
Anthony Weiss


Discusses Rabbi Capers Funnye, an African American rabbi who is the cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Broadcast
Jocelyn Frank
Passover in Uganda

NPR
April 19, 2008
Jocelyn Frank


Explores the celebration of this Jewish holiday led by Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and the infusion of African tradition into Jewish ritual.

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New Media
Cole Krawitz
Jen Chau Reflects on Her Work as a Change-Maker for Mixed Race Communities

J-Voices
December 3, 2008
Cole Krawitz


Draws insights into the identities of the growing number of people with mixed race heritage.

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Best of Show
Yasmeen Malik
My Path to Judaism: Converting While Keeping My Muslim Roots

Vox Teen Newspaper (Atlanta, Georgia)
September 2008
Yasmeen Malik


A touching personal story of the spiritual journey that led to the author's conversion from Islam to Judaism.

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The awards were presented at the largest annual gathering of diverse Jews from around the world. Jewish leaders from Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Portugal, India, the United States and elsewhere met in San Francisco at a conference organized by Be'chol Lashon.

 



2009 Be'chol Lashon Media Award Winners Click here to view a slideshow of the judges and winners.