CJFWF Establishes Smolar Journalism Award
Max M. Fisher, president of the
Council of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds, announced the es-
tablishment of the Smolar Award
for Excellence in American Jewish
Journalism, named in honor of the
noted journalist and writer, Boris
Fisher said the award will rec-
ognize each year outstanding writ-
ing and reportage dealing particu-
larly with American Jews and
American Jewish communal de-
The awards will honor the more
than half-century of distinguished
service rendered by Smolar to the
American Jewish press and the
American Jewish community. It
will be presented at the CJF's
rocedures and eligibility stand- during periods of Arab turmoil and
s for the award will be de- rioting in 1929 and 1936.
termined by a committee to be
As a roving correspondent for
designated by the Council.
the New York World, Smolar was
Smolar, whose latest book, stationed in Moscow for two years
"Soviet Jewry Today and To- where his reports in 1930 led di-
morrow"--observations based on rectly to the dissolution of Yev-
a recent visit and his long fa- sekzia, the Jewish section of the
miliarity with the Russian scene Communist party in the USSR.
—will soon b _ e released by Mac- Similarly, his dispatches from Ro-
millan, is currently editor-in- mania, after a pogrom there in
1930, resulted in the resignation of
Alexander Vayda Voevod, a no-
torious anti-Semitic leader and that
country's minister of the interior.
In Berlin in 1932, just before the
Nazis came to power, Smolar was
among the first American corre-
spondents to predict Hitler's ac-
cession and to warn of the grave
menace to the Jews in Germany.
He is a member of the board of
directors of American Joint Dis-
tribution Committee, American
ORT Federation and YWO.
In 1965, he was bestowed by
Pope Paul VI with the Amoris
Alumna Pax Medal, and is the
recipient of a citation from the
National Council of Christians and
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chief emeritus of the Jewish
Author of a number of books,
Smolar writes the widely read
column, "Between You and Me,"
syndicated by the JTA and appear-
ing in The Jewish News weekly.
A top foreign correspondent and
journalist, Smolar has covered the
crucial stories and arenas of Jew-
ish life both before and after
World War II in Europe, the Middle
East and America. A visitor to
Israel every year since its estab-
lishment in 1948, Smolar had
earlier reported events in Palestine
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