J. The Jewish News of Northern California has won 19 Rockower awards from the American Jewish Press Association, for work published in 2020. That is a record for J., after last year’s 12 awards.
The awards — six first place, seven second place and six honorable mentions — were announced this evening during the AJPA annual conference, which was held virtually for the second year in a row.
News story: “North Bay fire and smoke disrupt an already unusual Yom Kippur” by Maya Mirsky, Gabe Stutman and Dan Pine
Writing about seniors: “Psychedelic journeys brought peace to this Holocaust survivor. Now he’s helping others on their own journeys,” by Alix Wall
Headline writing: “King of Weed: Meet the Jewish mogul who’s smokin’ the competition”; “Johnny Doughnuts started as John Dough, delicious on arrival”; and “At Market Hall, they cry over the horseradish so you don’t have to” by Sue Barnett
Obituaries: “Ron Berman, adored adman who created campaigns for Jewish causes, dies at 83” by Dan Pine
Black-Jewish relationships: “For Jews of color, protests are reminders of pain, even within the Jewish community” by Gabriel Greschler
Creation of an advertisement: “We’re all in” by Dan Pine, Allison Green and LeeAnn Nelson
Single commentary: “Disability during a pandemic: Why you should put a spoon on your seder plate this year” by Rabbi Elliot Kukla
Personal essay: “My transition from a skeptical Soviet Jew to a member of the tribe” by Luda Shuster
Social justice and humanitarian work: “East Bay synagogue hosts former ICE detainee in quarantine” by Rachele Kanigel
Art criticism/review: “New Magnes exhibit: ‘Soldier in art’ Arthur Szyk blasted tyranny in stunning works of graphic art” by Lezak Shallat
Personality profile: “Ideologically committed to the truth: Inside Lowell Bergman, a living legend of investigative journalism” by Gabriel Greschler
North American Jewish history: “A road trip through Jewish Gold Country” by Gabriel Greschler
Social justice and humanitarian work: “Covid-19 outbreak at San Quentin spurs Jewish activism, support” by Alix Wall
Feature writing: “At virtual retreat, men embrace vulnerability, reckon with patriarchy” by Andrew Esensten
Jewish heritage in Europe: ”I had unfinished business in Spain, going back 500 years” by Dan Schifrin
Sports: “S.F. native raising money to build ‘field of dreams’ in Israel” by Andrew Esensten
Politics/Government: “‘My security as a Jew is at stake’: Jewish Bay Area Biden supporters work feverishly to get out the vote” by Gabriel Grescheler; and “‘Supporting him from the bottom of our hearts’: Jewish Bay Area Trump fans eager for the president’s reelection” by Gabe Stutman
Covid-19 coverage: “Death during a pandemic: virtual shiva calls and funerals without mourners” by David A.M. Wilensky
This is the 40th year of the Rockower Awards. The American Jewish Press Association hands out the awards every year for work published the prior year. The full list of winners can be seen here.