Jewish Book Council, founded in 1944, is the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature. For over seventy years, we have used literature to bring people together for meaningful discussions around Jewish life, identity, and culture. Jewish learning embodied in the printed word has played a crucial role in the development and strengthening of Jewish communities throughout the world. Jewish Book Council is proud to carry on this important tradition.
Jewish Book Month
This annual celebration of Jewish literature sponsored by Jewish Book Council occurs the month before Hanukkah. It has been celebrated by libraries and Jewish organizations since 1943.
National Jewish Book Awards
Inaugurated in 1950, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running and most prestigious North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature.
Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
Inaugurated in 2006, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature awards $100,000 — the largest award of its kind — to an emerging writer with exceptional literary merit who demonstrates a fresh vision, and who shows potential for further contribution to Jewish literature.
Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council
The Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council brings Natan’s values of infusing Jewish life with creativity and meaning into the intellectual arena by supporting and promoting a breakthrough book intended for mainstream audiences that will catalyze conversation in the Jewish community.
Jewish Book Council’s annual literary journal features articles, interviews, artwork, excerpts from forthcoming works, and more, that provide a snapshot of the current year’s Jewish literary landscape while also reflecting on the history of Jewish literature in America and abroad.
The JBC Network serves as a coordinating hub for book tours for Jewish authors and Jewish-interest books, sending more than 270 authors to over 120 communities across North America each year, as well as providing year-round resources and support for program coordinators.
This program is a speakers’ bureau for authors who have previously participated with JBC Network, Jewish Book Council’s author touring program.
JBC Book Clubs
Jewish Book Council, through JBC Book Clubs, provides resources and support to book clubs reading books of Jewish interest through discussion questions and discussion guides, thematic reading lists, and more.
Made possible through a partnership with the Paul E. Singer Foundation, Israel Bookshelf is an ongoing project to promote books that illustrate Israel’s multifaceted culture and society.
Paper Brigade Daily
The digital arm of Paper Brigade includes articles, reading recommendations, author interviews, book excerpts, and more.
Jewish Writers’ Seminars
Each year we hold two seminars for Jewish writers: one for writers of adult books and another for writers and illustrators of children’s books. Both events include panel conversations with agents, editors, publicists, and published authors.
Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation
Since 2015, Jewish Book Council has partnered with The Jewish Museum in New York City for this event series that brings together some of the finest writers of the day for conversations around contemporary Jewish life and identity.
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