The Julie Wiener Intermarried Jew Award
07/05/2011 - 18:14

I will never win Most Frequent Blogger Award.

But I did just win first place in the “comprehensive coverage/investigative reporting” category of the American Jewish Press Association’s 2010 Rockower Awards.

This being a Jewish contest, the award is actually named for someone: the Boris Smolar Award. And I have just discovered through the wonders of Google that the Ukraine-born Smolar (1897-1986) was not merely some moneyed patron (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but an editor in chief at my onetime employer, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. For whatever it’s worth, he died at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital, the same place my two daughters were born.

None of this, except my daughters’ parentage, has any connection to intermarriage, the ostensible subject of this blog. The four prize-winning articles were about Hebrew charter schools, not intermarriage, although some of these schools’ Jewish students are from interfaith families and a significant number will (like Jewish students everywhere, even Jewish day school students) likely intermarry one day.

But hey, after years of fruitless submissions to the AJPA’s contests, I’m excited to finally win something.

And I wanted to let you all know that yes, when I am not minding the blog, I might be playing Lexulous or eating bonbons. But you never know: I just might be busy reporting and writing an award-winning investigative article.

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I think your columns are the best thing in Jewish Week. And it's not because I have any personal interest or investment in intermarriage issues. It's just that your writing is rooted in real people trying their best to live a form of Judaism that makes sense to them, whereas most other JW columnists deal with abstract generalizations about large, faceless groups, causing them to lose the touch of humanity that's so strong in your writing. I wish your column was back in the printed paper again.

 Thank you, Richard! You just made my day. Now, can you please go out and get everyone you know to read the blog, "like" it on Facebook and so forth?! And sorry about phasing out the printed column -- I found it difficult to keep up with it, along with the blog and my other reporting and editing responsibilities.  best, Julie