(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seth Rogovoy was honored by the American Jewish Press Association with a Simon Rockower Award for “Excellence in Arts and Criticism” for his portrait of musician Leonard Cohen published in Hadassah Magazine in its April/May 2015 issue. The article, “Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash,” traces the deep Jewish affinities in Cohen’s life and work and explores the inspiration he draws from Jewish scripture.
“Intensely personal and introspective, Cohen’s songs draw deeply from the well of Torah for themes, symbols and inspiration,” writes Rogovoy, an occasional contributor to Hadassah Magazine and a contributing editor to the Forward, for whom he writes frequently about Jewish arts and culture.
Rogovoy is the author of “The Essential Klezmer” and “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet,” and the artistic director of the annual YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.
The AJPA award will be bestowed at the 35th Annual Simon Rockower Awards banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 15, held in conjunction with the American Jewish Press Association’s 2016 Annual Conference, Nov. 14-16 in Washington D.C.