Shalom Rosenfeld

Was one of Israel's leading journalists, serving as the editor of "Maariv" from 1974 to 1980. He was the founder of the journalism program at Tel Aviv University, a recipient of the Sokolov Award for Journalism (1975), and the Israel Prize for Journalism (1986).

Rosenfeld was born in Trubitsch, Poland, where he was active in the local Zionist movement, the Esperanto society, and began his career in journalism. He immigrated to Palestine in 1934 and studied at the Hebrew University.

Before the establishment of the state, he served as the editor of the "HaMishkif" newspaper and was the secretary of the "Haganah" newspaper. He also participated in the radio station of the Haganah.

In 1948, Rosenfeld was among the founders of the "Maariv" newspaper, which broke away from "Yedioth Ahronoth." For many years, he wrote the column "Atzalnu" ("With Us"), which was a modern incarnation of his earlier column "Karati Rashamti" ("I Read, I Wrote"). His collected writings were published in books. In the 1950s, he was one of the stars of the radio program "Three in One Boat."

Rosenfeld was awarded the Sokolov Award for Journalism in 1975 and the Israel Prize for Journalism in 1986. He was an honorary citizen of Tel Aviv and held an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the Weizmann Institute. In 2002, he was awarded the "Public Service in Communication" honor by the Association of Editors and Journalists of Periodicals in Israel.

Throughout his career, Rosenfeld was known for his commitment to professional ethics and saw journalism as a social mission. He founded the journalism program at Tel Aviv University and frequently discussed ethical issues with his students, emphasizing that a good journalist should have broad general knowledge and a healthy sense of curiosity to find sources of information. According to his approach, a journalist should know a little about a lot, unlike a specialist who knows a lot about a little.

His first wife, Adi, who passed away in 1957, was a fighter in the Haganah and took part in battles for Jaffa. In 1959, he married Ilana Akshtein, a professional psychologist.

His daughter, Tamar Gai, was also a journalist at "Maariv" and, after retiring in 1993, held senior positions in banking and at the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce. His son, Yoram, who passed away in 1997, was a pioneer in the Israeli hi-tech industry and the husband of the composer Nurit Hirsch.

Rosenfeld passed away in 2008 at the age of 93 and was laid to rest at the Nahalat Yitzhak Cemetery in Tel Aviv. A street in Tel Aviv was named after him. In 2015, the Institute for the Study of Jewish Journalism at Tel Aviv University was named in his honor.

His archive is housed in the archives department of the National Library in Jerusalem.

Additionally, Rosenfeld translated several books, including J. Virgini's "The Perfect Capitalism" (1958) and John Roy Carlson's "Cairo to Damascus" (1952).

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