Ruth Gruber and David Brooks received the first Jewish Week Excellence in Journalism Awards last Tuesday evening at a Gala dinner at Sotheby’s, attended by more than 300 people.

Accepting her award, Gruber, 100, recalled the advice of famed photographer Edward Steichen to take pictures not with her eyes or hands but with her heart. She said all of her photojournalism and writing has been “from the heart.”

Brooks, a New York Times columnist, spoke of his personal Jewish journey and the role of newspapers. “The Jewish Week helps define Judaism in New York and gives the community a voice,” he said, including “the unpleasant task of investigative journalism.”

More coverage of the Gala will be in the Dec. 16 issue.