70th National Jewish Book Awards Celebration

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Join Jewish Book Council and the winners of the 70th National Jewish Book Awards as we celebrate their accomplishments!

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The virtual celebration will feature remarks from the 2020 winners live from their homes. Each tickets supports Jewish Book Council's efforts to enrich, educate, and strengthen the community through literature. Closed captions will be available.

See the full list of winners below:

  • Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year Award: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z"l, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (Basic Books)
  • Mentorship Award in Honor of Carolyn Starman Hessel: Deborah Harris
  • American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award: Laura Arnold Leibman, The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center)
  • Auto­bi­og­ra­phy and Memoir Krauss Fam­i­ly Award in Mem­o­ry of Simon & Shu­lamith (Sofi) Goldberg: Ariana Neumann, When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains (Scriber, Simon & Schuster)
  • Biography in Memory of Sara Berenson Stone: Nancy Sinkoff, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press)
  • Book Club Miller Fam­i­ly Award in Mem­o­ry of Helen Dunn Wein­stein and June Keit Miller: Max Gross, The Lost Shtetl (HarperVia)
  • Children’s Picture Book: Lesléa New­man; Susan Gal illus., Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail (Charlesbridge)
  • Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice Myra H. Kraft Memo­r­i­al Award: Arthur Green, Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love (Yale University Press)
  • Debut Fiction Goldberg Prize: Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel (Simon & Schuster)
  • Edu­ca­tion and Jew­ish Identity in Mem­o­ry of Dorothy Kripke: Sarah Bunin Benor, Jonathan Krasner, and Sharon Avni, Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps (Rutgers University Press)
  • Fic­tion JJ Green­berg Memo­r­i­al Award: Colum McCann, Apeirogon: A Novel (Random House)
  • Food Writ­ing & Cookbooks Jane and Stu­art Weitz­man Fam­i­ly Award: Monday Morning Cooking Club, Now For Something Sweet (HarperCollins)
  • His­to­ry Ger­rard and Ella Berman Memo­r­i­al Award: Laura Arnold Leibman, The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center)
  • Holo­caust in Mem­o­ry of Ernest W. Michel: Faris Cassell, The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family's Desperate Plea for Help (Regnery History)
  • Middle Grade Literature: Anne Blankman, The Blackbird Girls (Viking Children's Books, Penguin/Random House)
  • Mod­ern Jew­ish Thought and Experience Dorot Foun­da­tion Award in Mem­o­ry of Joy Unger­lei­der May­er­son: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z"l, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (Basic Books)
  • Poet­ry Berru Award in Mem­o­ry of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash: Lisa Richter, Nautilus and Bone (Frontenac House)
  • Schol­ar­ship Nahum M. Sar­na Memo­r­i­al Award: Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism (Princeton University Press)
  • Sephardic Cul­ture Mimi S. Frank Award in Mem­o­ry of Becky Levy: Devi Mays, Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora (Stanford University Press)
  • Women Stud­ies Bar­bara Dobkin Award: Laura Arnold Leibman, The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center)
  • Writ­ing Based on Archival Material The JDC-Her­bert Katz­ki Award: Magda Teter, Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth(Harvard University Press)
  • Young Adult Literature: Gavriel Savit, The Way Back (Random House Children's Books)

Inau­gu­rat­ed in 1950, the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards is the longest-run­ning North Amer­i­can awards pro­gram of its kind and is rec­og­nized as the most pres­ti­gious. The Awards are intend­ed to rec­og­nize authors, and encour­age read­ing, of out­stand­ing Eng­lish-lan­guage books of Jew­ish interest. Learn more about the National Jewish Book Awards here.

Jewish Book Council is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the reading, writing, and publishing of Jewish literature. Engaging and educating authors and readers across the globe, Jewish Book Council's goal is to enrich the connection to Jewish life and identity through literature and to create conversations with generations of readers across our Jewish communities. Read more about Jewish Book Council and its programs and resources here.

www.jewishbookcouncil.org

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