National Jewish Book Award
The winners and finalists of the 2014 National Jewish Book Awards can be found here.
The 2015 Guidelines
Note: The deadline for submitting books to the 2015 National Jewish Book Awards is October 7, 2015.
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 begins with a private dinner 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.
The ceremony itself is open to the public. Each winning author is called upon to speak briefly about the background for writing the book.
The 2015 winners will be presented at the 65th Annual National Jewish Book Awards ceremony on
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York City
The ceremony is free and open to the public.
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 is listed in the guidelines below).
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.
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
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
Young Adult Literature
The Posner Award
There are naming opportunities for the award categories listed below.
- Anthologies and Collections
- Children's Literature
- Visual Arts
For further information about naming opportunities call Carolyn Hessel at 212-786-5156