When the Philadelphia Press Association announced the winners of its annual awards competition for 2013, the Jewish Exponent made the top of the list in several categories.
Competing against daily and non-daily newspaper and broadcasting outlets throughout the city and suburbs, the paper won First Place for overall website.
Former Exponent staff writer Bryan Schwartzman won first place in both the Enterprise Reporting Combined category for his articles “Ravaged by Addiction ,” which looked at drug addiction in the Jewish community, and in the Newspaper Writing Weekly Division for his article “Two Women, Two Cities, ” which told the tale of two Iraqi women who found refuge and support at a local Jewish agency.
Staff writer Eric Berger took home first and third place awards in the Sports Coverage Combined category for his articles “For Love of the Game,  Brothers Attended Different Schools” about two brothers who always played basketball against each other until it came time to play together in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, and third place for “Synagogue Softball  Combines Competition, Comaraderie” about the Lower Merion Synagogue League.
The Exponent's executive editor, Lisa Hostein, also won a second place prize in the Editorial Comment category for her the editorial “The Legacy We Leave .”
The latest wins cap an impressive trophy haul from 2013 for the local Jewish newspaper that has included numerous awards in competitions by the Society of Professional Journalists' Keystone Chapter, the American Jewish Press Association and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, which named the Exponent the best niche newspaper in the state.