Atlanta Jewish Times Voted Second-Best Jewish Newspaper in the Country

Atlanta Jewish Times Voted Second-Best Jewish Newspaper in the Country

The AJT won nine Rockower Awards in a competition considered the Pulitzer Prize of Jewish journalism, including second place for the grand prize "Best Jewish News Publication".

Your very own Atlanta Jewish Times was voted second-best weekly Jewish newspaper in the U.S. last week, receiving nine of the top prizes for Jewish journalism from the American Jewish Press Association. In the AJPA’s 39th Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism on July 2, the AJT garnered four first-place awards, three second place and two honorable mentions. The AJPA conference was supposed to be held in Atlanta June 28 to July 2, culminating with the awards, but was held virtually instead because of the worldwide pandemic.

The AJT’s second place for General Excellence, Best Newspaper, pitted it against all Jewish newspapers regardless of circulation. The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, which falls into the division of newspapers with circulations over 15,000, won first place.

The AJT won for three submitted publications in 2019: the Passover edition, Arts & Culture theme featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover, and 40 Under 40 issue.

All winning AJT awards are as follows:

First Place:

Excellence in Commentary: Dave Schechter for his From Where I Sit columns: “A Club No One Wants to Join,” “Thank You, But Leave My Name Out of It,” and “Norbert Friedman, z”l, An Appreciation.”

Excellence in writing about Social Justice and Humanitarian Work: Dave Schechter for “Dignity Can Be Photographed and Nourished” about preserving the memory and dignity of Holocaust survivors.

Excellence in Feature Writing: Bob Bahr for his work for “The Jewish Marilyn Monroe – Gone but not Forgotten,”

Excellence in Arts and Criticism News and Features: Bob Bahr again for his work “The Jewish Marilyn Monroe – Gone but not Forgotten,”

Second Place:

Excellence as Best Jewish Newspaper in the U.S.: Michael Morris, Kaylene Ladinsky, Roni Robbins and Lilli Jennison 

Excellence in Writing about Food and Wine: Martine Tartour for “Holiday Celebrations – French Sephardic Style.”

Excellence in Writing about Sports: Roni Robbins and Eddie Samuels for the AJT’s package on the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

Honorable Mention:

Excellence in Interfaith Relations Reporting: Bob Bahr for “Atlanta’s New Approach to Interfaith Families.”

Excellence in Writing about Seniors:Eddie Samuels for “Senior Addiction Close to Home.”

To read the full list of winners, their winning entries and judges’ comments, visit


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