Our Mission

The mission of the Jewish Book Council is:


To promote the reading, writing, publishing and distribution of quality
Jewish content books in English.

To serve as the national resource center for information about
the American Jewish literary scene.

To serve as the coordinating body of Jewish literary activity in
North America in both general and Jewish venues.

To serve as the North American representative of Jewish literature
on the international scene.

The new Jewish Book Council continued long standing programs and publications 
in existence for over 50 years:



  • Jewish Book World

  • Jewish Book Month

  • National Jewish Book Awards


In addition, many new programs have been added over the years:

  • Jewish Book NETWORK membership program of more than 100 
Federations, JCCs, Hillels, and synagogues

  • Jewish Book NETWORK 3-day conference and MEET THE 
AUTHOR events

  • Sponsor and coordinator of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish 
Literature and Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute


  • Literary program at the Jewish Federation of North America’s
 General Assembly (now a regular feature at the annual event)

  • Literary program and Jewish book sale at major Jewish organizational
 conferences
 • Sponsor of dinner for National Jewish Book Awards winners

  • New categories in the National Jewish Book Awards

  • Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award
  • Resource on Jewish books in English for the international 
Jewish community

  • Central address for publishers for information about the world
 of Jewish books

  • JBC Blog

  • Twitter Book Club

  • Sponsor of Jewish Book Authors Conference for the Adult Reader

  • Sponsor of Jewish Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference





For a complete list of programs, visit here.