Ynet reporter Yaniv Pohoryles will receive on Wednesday the 2017 B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage.
Pohoryles, home page editor and writer for the Jewish World section of Ynet, was chosen for a series of nine articles published over the course of 2016 that covered Jewish communities in the US and France, Jewish demography, Israel-Diaspora relations, Jewish sportsmen, fundraising, aliyah and kosher food in the Diaspora, among other topics.
"I'm very happy that the issue of Diaspora Jewry and new olim is getting broader coverage in the Israeli media," Pohoryles told Ynetnews. "I feel that for many years, the issue has been under-reported or put into the niche of folklore, without any mind given to its wider aspects."
Pohoryles went on to say the B’nai B’rith award "is yet more proof there are many who find interest in such topics and that their impact is wide-reaching."
"I want to thank Ynet for giving me this stage and hope to write many more articles and stories on these fascinating issues," he concluded.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will deliver the keynote address at the awards ceremony, which will be held at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood.
Also recognized will be Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, who will receive a special special citation for fostering Israel-Diaspora relations through the arts. The citation has previously been conferred upon Israeli musicians Nurit Hirsh (2014), David D'Or (2015) and Idan Raichel (2016).
"Broza has appeared before countless Diaspora communities, groups and organizations during a career that has spanned more than 40 years," the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem said in a statement.
"His original songs and passionate performances are cherished throughout Israel and the Diaspora, offering a common language and point of reference for Jews of diverse backgrounds. A powerful musician, dedicated peace advocate and music industry innovator, Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message and musical allure."