Top Journalists Eli Lake and Bari Weiss Honored at Algemeiner Summer Benefit
The Algemeiner honored masters of journalism at its sixth annual Summer Benefit on Thursday in New York City.
Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake and New York Times opinion staff editor Bari Weiss accepted the paper’s Journalist of the Year awards, and filmmakers Matthew and Michelle Taylor were the Summer Benefit honorees.
More than 300 people attended the event, which was held at Manhattan’s upscale Midtown Loft & Terrace.
The evening was emceed by i24 News anchor Shayna Estulin, and included remarks from philanthropist Ari Ackerman and noted journalist Gretchen Rachel Hammond.
Prominent guests included New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, journalist Jamie Kirchick, French Ambassador to the United Nations François Delattre and philanthropists Paul Singer and Terry Kassel.
In her acceptance speech, Weiss said, “I look to The Algemeiner as an example of what can be done. You tell the kinds of stories that so much of the media doesn’t. You do it without apology and with pride — and serve as a moral guide for the rest of us.”
Hammond — who recently broke the story of a group of Jewish women ejected from an LGBTQ march in Chicago and was subsequently removed from reporting duties at the Windy City Times — told the crowd, “They say our profession is dying. They say that we are obsolete or fake. But as long as we can see our communities, as long as we are brave enough to amplify their voices and as long as we make sure we never lose our own, our stories will not be silenced.”
In his address, editor-in-chief Dovid Efune said, “At The Algemeiner, we have sought to firmly plant ourselves headstrong against the rushing tide, and bring new perspectives to the table. To seek out the maligned, the overlooked, the unfairly targeted, the misunderstood, and give them a voice.”
Founded in 1972 as a Yiddish broadsheet by veteran journalist Gershon Jacobson, today The Algemeiner publishes a weekly newspaper in English and this ever-popular website.
Photos of the event can be viewed below: