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Haaretz writers Shmuel Rosner and Or Kashti were recently named winners of the B'nai B'rith World Center Award for Journalism for 2007 on the basis of their work for the paper.

Rosner was awarded a certificate of merit for his current series, "The State of Judaism," which surveys trends among Jews in the United States.

Kashti was awarded a certificate of excellence for a series on Jewish education in the U.S., France and Ukraine.

Honored for electronic journalism by B'nai B'rith were Tamar Ish-Shalom and Yisrael Rosner, for a series on U.S. Jews broadcast on Channel 10. Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum was awarded the print journalism award for his articles in Makor Rishon on remote Jewish communities in the U.S. Veteran journalist Shalom Rosenfeld, former editor of Maariv, was given a lifetime achievement award.

"It's nice to discover there is an audience of readers in Israel that is interested in the fate of the Jewish community in the United States. That interest on both sides of the ocean is important and even critical for the continued survival of the Jewish people as a single entity," Rosner said.

Kashti, Haaretz education correspondent, said, "the variety of forms of Jewish education in the Diaspora is a rich learning resource, including for the Israeli education system."

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