Haaretz correspondent Judy Maltz was a recipient of the 2014 B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage on Sunday.
Keynote speaker Economy Minister Naftali Bennett acknowledged that the typical Israeli pays little attention to the Diaspora, praising B’nai B’rith’s efforts to change this. He recounted how his parents had been unaffiliated Jews in San Francisco before moving to Kibbutz Dafna after the 1967 Six-Day War, where they raised pigs.
“Israel’s raison d’être should be more than providing a safe haven for Jews,” he said.
Channel 10’s chief economic correspondent Matan Hodorov, Times of Israel editor David Horovitz and singer-songwriter Nurit Hirsh also received awards.