National Jewish Book Award
The winners and finalists of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards can be found here.
The 2016 Guidelines
The 2016 National Jewish Book Awards is now closed to submissions. The 2017 guidelines will be up in June 2017.
About the National Jewish Book Awards
The National Jewish Book Awards are presented at a celebratory gathering in the spring of the year following the publication of the books under consideration. The event, held at the Center for Jewish History in NYC, honors the authors of the winning books. The evening is a dinner and a ceremony for the winning authors and is attended by the authors and leading names in the Jewish literary world.
The National Jewish Book Awards program began in 1950 when the Jewish Book Council presented awards to authors of Jewish books at its annual meeting. Past notable literary winners include Chaim Grade, Deborah Lipstadt, Bernard Malamud, Michael Oren, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel, Jonathan Safran Foer, Deborah Dash Moore, and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
Awards are presented in over 18 categories. In addition, since 2003, one non-fiction book has been selected as the winner of the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. Winners include Dr. Jonathan Sarna and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.
Guidelines for the National Jewish Book Awards
The goal for National Jewish Book Award judging panels is to select a quality book in their respective category that will appeal to a broad reading audience. There are variations in the rules governing each award category, but the judges are guided by these principles in arriving at their decisions:
- The book must be of Jewish content.
- Books, either hardcover or original paperback, must be published between January 1–December 31 of the year under consideration. If the book is published in November or December of the prior year, and only if no galleys are available prior to the publication date, the book may be submitted the following year.
- The book must be primarily printed in English and distributed in the United States.
- The National Jewish Book Awards submission period is open from early summer to late September/early October (the exact deadline will vary from year to year, and will be listed in each year's guidelines).
As the "People of the Book," naming an award is a fitting tribute to honor a special person or remember a loved one.
Jewish Book of the Year Award
Everett Family Foundation Award
Endowed by the Everett Family in 2003, this prestigious award honors the best non-fiction book of the year.
American Jewish Studies
The Celebrate 350 Committee commemorated the 350 years of Jewish life in America and conducted a year-long series of celebrations. This award provides the opportunity to remember the event and honor books that will contribute to the next major milestone.
Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
The Krauss Family Award
In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg This award was dedicated in loving memory of Simon and Sofi Goldberg by their daughter, Carmel Krauss.
Book Club Award
The Debby and Ken Miller Award
The Book Club Award recognizes an recognizes an outstanding work of fiction or nonfiction that inspires meaningful conversation about Jewish life, identity, practice, or history and is dedicated to promoting Jewish continuity for the next generation. The Award recognizes the power of books to inspire Jewish community and thought-provoking discussions.
Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice
Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award
In loving memory of JBC Board member, Myra H. Kraft, by Robert Kraft and family. Myra loved to read, and for many years served as the leader of the Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice Award panel.
This prize is supported through a generous grant by the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation
Education and Jewish Identity
In Memory of Dorothy Kripke
Dorothy Kripke was a prominent writer of books for Jewish children including the Let's Talk About . . . series stimulating interaction between children and parents. This award, created by her family, cherishes the memory of Mrs. Kripke.
JJ Greenberg Memorial Award
The Fiction Award is endowed by Jewish Book Council Board member and past president, Blu Greenberg, and her husband, Rabbi "Yitz" Greenberg in loving memory of their son, JJ Greenberg. This is an eternal tribute to JJ's love of reading, especially Jewish fiction.
Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award
The Bermans, lovers of Jewish history, endowed this award to insure the continued study of our glorious past and to honor outstanding books in the field.
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience
Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson
The Berru Award for Poetry is in memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash who were respected leaders in their Northern New Jersey community for over fifty years. A dynamic couple with both substance and style, they were not just avid readers, but were astute critics, honing in on what spoke to both them as well as the world at large.
The Arts were an important part of their lives. Ruth, a former actress and a lively and gifted orator, chaired the Cultural Arts Committee for many years at the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey. She also designed programs in local schools, introducing children to the lives of famous historical activists to spark interest in making this world a better place.
Bernie, as an active member on many boards, served for over twenty years on the board of the Jewish Book Council. A true humanitarian, he believed that when people got together for a communal purpose, an environment of positive momentum would be ignited.
With intellect, compassion, and vision, they both immeasurable enriched the Jewish community, understanding the importance between Jewish culture and Jewish survival.
Nahum Sarna Memorial Award
Dr. Nahum Sarna was a leading Biblical scholar who touched many lives through his work at Brandeis University and through the written word in his books. His family, headed by sons Jonathan and David, established this award in his memory.
Mimi S. Frank Award in memory of Becky Levy
Mimi S. Frank, a JBC Board member, endowed this award in memory of her grandmother, Becky Levy, who shared with her the Sephardic recipes, her love of cooking and baking, and her culture from Tekirdag, Turkey.
Barbara Dobkin Award
This award honors a woman who is a leading figure in Jewish philanthropy and an outspoken advocate for Jewish women's rights. This award was established by Barbara Dobkin's friends who wish to honor her extraordinary devotion to this cause.
Writing Based on Archival Material
The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award
There are naming opportunities for the award categories listed below.
- Anthologies and Collections
- Children's Literature
- Visual Arts
- Young Adult Literature
For further information about naming opportunities call Naomi Firestone-Teeter at 212-201-2921