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INTERFAITHFAMILY RECEIVES ROCKOWER AWARD FOR
Â The American Jewish Press Association announces the 36th Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism
Â Newton, MA – InterfaithFamily has once again been named as a winner in the AJPAâ€™s annual Simon Rockower Awards in the category of Outstanding Digital Outreach for 2016. This second place prize is credited to Editorial Director, Lindsey Silken, and National Director of Marketing and Communication, Liz Polay-Wettengel.
InterfaithFamilyâ€™s award-winning website, InterfaithFamily.com, published a steady stream of new blog posts on topics around interfaith wedding planning, dating, parenting in an interfaith home and grandparenting, garnering more than 1.2 million visitors in 2016. From new how-to-do Jewish guides and videos to recipes and pop culture, InterfaithFamily.com provides a comfortable 24/7 non-judgmental space from which to explore Jewish life.
â€śI am thrilled that our resources and stories resonate with so many and provide our readers with a sense of belonging and the resources to be Jewish on their own terms,â€ť said InterfaithFamily National Director of Marketing and Communication, Liz Polay-Wettengel.
The award also encompassed InterfaithFamilyâ€™s robust digital presence on social media and via email. InterfaithFamily has an active following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other platforms, including local Facebook groups in the seven InterfaithFamily/Your Communities. Every two weeks, an enewsletter reaches approximately 20,000 subscribers to share the latest content about how to incorporate Judaism into their homes and lives.
Editorial Director, Lindsey Silken says, â€śIt is very meaningful for us to be honored by the American Jewish Press Association alongside other publications I admire. Iâ€™m so glad our digital guides, blogs, social media and newsletters are making an impact and connecting couples and families with Judaism and with one another.â€ť
InterfaithFamily empowers people in interfaith relationships â€” individuals, couples, families and their children â€” to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them. InterfaithFamilyâ€™s overarching goal is for people in interfaith relationships to be welcomed and embraced by the Jewish community and for interfaith families to contribute to Judaismâ€™s enduring strength and continuity.
Awards were judged on work completed in 2016 and prizes will be presented at the 36th Annual Simon Rockower Awards banquet held in conjunction with the American Jewish Press Associationâ€™s 2017 Annual Conference, Nov. 13-15, in Los Angeles, CA. The full list of award winners can be viewed here.
About the American Jewish Press Association
As a network of Jewish media organizations, journalists and communications professionals, AJPA works to ensure a bright future for Jewish journalism and the Jewish community by promoting robust, independent and financially healthy Jewish media.
AJPA fosters the highest ethics, editorial quality and business standards to help our members navigate their challenges and responsibilities, especially those unique to the Jewish media. We share resources and expertise, provide access to professional development, and, when appropriate, advocate for our collective interests.
InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative, providing coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC with an affiliate program in Cleveland.
On May 1, 2014, the American Jewish Press Association announced the winners of the 33rd Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. InterfaithFamily is honored to receive several awards from this well-loved organization. We were recognized in the following categories:
1st Place: Award for Excellence in Organizational Newsletters (eNewsletter)
1st Place: Award for Outstanding Digital Outreach (Web Based Outlets)
2nd Place: Award for Excellence in Blogging
Simon Rockower was a man who taught his children to always ask good questions and he believed in the importance of leaving the legacy of a good name. In 1979, as a century tribute to him by his sons, the Rockower family createdÂ theÂ SimonÂ Rockower Jewish JournalismÂ Awards with the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) to honor Simon and his deep love for the craft of Jewish Journalism.Â
It is a prize in itself to be celebrated among the best in Jewish journalism. Our sincere thanks go to Lindsey Silken, our Editorial Director, who has helped to lead us toward these accolades.
InterfaithFamily empowers people in interfaith relationshipsâ€”individuals, couples, families and their childrenâ€”to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them. We will continue to offer exciting web-based content as well as resources in your communities to create positive outcomes for interfaith couples and families.