Chaim Bermant Prize for Finkelstein

Associate editor of The Times Daniel Finkelstein has won the inaugural Chaim Bermant Prize for Journalism.

The awards, which recognise Jewish and Israeli-related stories, were launched by The Jewish Chronicle in memory of writer and journalist Chaim Bermant who wrote a column for the newspaper for nearly 40 years until his death in 1989.

Finkelstein entered a series of pieces published in The Times as well as The Jewish Chronicle, for which he writes a monthly column.

The awards were judged by editor of The Jewish Chronicle David Rowan, Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian, and literary agent Jonny Geller to mark the end of Jewish Book Week.

Judges said Finkelstein ‘was simply the writer who most closely reflected the values, spirit and qualities of Chaim Bermant’s journalism.”

Finkelstein is a weekly Times columnist and the paper’s comment editor. He is the author of the blog Comment Central and the weekly football column Fink Tank.

He said: ‘I was delighted that the judges detected some of [Bermant’s] spirit in my work – his erudition and wit were justly celebrated.” 

Ross Perlin picked up an aspiring journalist award for a comment piece on the decline of the Ladino language.

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