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:
The Obamas Have a Rabbi in the Family
September 4, 2008
Discusses Rabbi Capers Funnye, an African American rabbi who is the cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Passover in Uganda
April 19, 2008
Explores the celebration of this Jewish holiday led by Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and the infusion of African tradition into Jewish ritual.
Jen Chau Reflects on Her Work as a Change-Maker for Mixed Race Communities
December 3, 2008
Draws insights into the identities of the growing number of people with mixed race heritage.
|Best of Show
My Path to Judaism: Converting While Keeping My Muslim Roots
Vox Teen Newspaper (Atlanta, Georgia)
A touching personal story of the spiritual journey that led to the author's conversion from Islam to Judaism.
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.