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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-03-01

Immanuel College winners

Immanuel College winner

Jewish communal publications across the UK including school and synagogue have been recognised in the 2006 Board of Deputies Media Awards Seminar.

The event, which aims to showcase the best in community publishing as well as offer workshops to help those develop better publications, saw 100 editors attend WIZO House in north London.

Sponsored by the Jewish Chronicle and Frank Cass of Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, schools were recognised for the first time with a Best School/Youth Publication trophy which went to Immanuel College in Hertfordshire.  Immanuel College also won the best website category.

"From Cornwall to Chigwell - the response to the day was excellent with a record turnout of over 100 editors," said Susan Cresswell, chair of the Media Awards Seminar. "I was especially pleased with the enthusiasm for the new Website category - this could be the start of an online editors’ exchange of ideas.”

Other awards saw The Movement for Reform Judaism scooping Best Community Magazine, Jewish Music Institute getting Best Community Newsletter, Sameach, Spanish & Portuguese winning Best Communal Publication and Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue's The Norrice Leader coming trumps for Best Synagogue Newsletter.

"I am delighted with this award. Having edited MANNA for the last 22 years, it is great to receive this type of recognition for the magazine and for the many people who work hard to produce it," said Rabbi Tony Bayfield, head of the Movement for Reform Judaism. "We carry a range of short, accessible articles on a wide spectrum of Jewish interests."

Board Director General Jon Benjamin added: "Those whose contribution and achievements are recognised through these awards play a vital role in connecting communities."