Programs



Through its many programs, JBC interacts with the full range of people who engage with books—authors, publishers, community event organizers, librarians, and of course, readers. The diversity and scope of these programs allows JBC to reach all demographics and denominations, online and face-to-face, across North America. 


Jewish Book World Magazine

Published quarterly, every issue of Jewish Book World offers more than 100 original reviews of current noteworthy Jewish-interest books. The pages of Jewish Book World contain reading resources for book groups, interviews with authors, and articles on the world of Jewish books. Content from Jewish Book World is regularly updated online. Print subscriptions are available.

Jewish Book Month

During the month before Hanukkah, the year's Jewish literary accomplishment is celebrated across North America under the sponsorship of the Jewish Book Council. Each year, a color poster featuring the original work of a noted artist along with matching bookmarks with lists of recommended books for adults and children from the past year are available from JBC. Jewish Book Month Kits can be ordered here.

National Jewish Book Awards

The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running and most prestigious North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Awards are presented annually in over 18 categories to recognize outstanding books, stimulate writers to further literary creativity, and encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.  

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature awards $100,000--the largest award of its kind--to an emerging writer of a book of exceptional literary merit. Works considered for the prize demonstrate a fresh vision and an interest in serious themes of Jewish concern. The authors must show potential for further contribution to Jewish literature. Fiction and non-fiction books are considered in alternate years. 

JBC Network

The JBC Network serves as the coordinating hub for annual book tours, sending more than 200 authors to over 100 Jewish book programs around North America. The JBC Network provides additional resources and support for program coordinators. 

Jewish Book Council Blog

Daily updates on the JBC blog share the latest Jewish book reviews and news, as well as a series of guest posts from a different author each week. 

Twitter Book Club

Once a month, JBC’s Twitter Book Club brings readers together with an author on Twitter to discuss a new book. 

Resources for Book Clubs

JBC creates and collects reading guides, discussion questions, and recommendations for further reading for book clubs to use to enhance their group conversation.  Additionally, JBC Book Clubs offers personalized book recommendations, the opportunity for book clubs to video chat with authors, and a dedicated area with special features and programs designed for book clubs. 

Weekly Book Recommendations

JBC’s free weekly e-mails share the latest JBC news, new book recommendations, and updates from the JBC blog. 

Author Programs for National Conferences

JBC coordinates and sponsors book sales and author appearances at large conferences for the Jewish community.  

Jewish Book Exhibitors Association

JBC displays titles submitted by publishers at large conferences for the Jewish community, such as the biennial Jerusalem International Book Fair. 

Jewish Writers Seminars and Conferences

JBC hosts two annual conferences, the Jewish Writers Seminar: Writing for Adult Readers and the Jewish Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Conference, that enable writers and illustrators to enhance their understanding of the Jewish literary market and gain insight into the path to publication.

Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books

The Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books is a 215 CD collection of 30 Yiddish classics read aloud by native Yiddish speakers for sale at a subsidized rate.