Sub­mit a Book
Please review all application materials and eligibility requirements before submitting this application.

Digital materials (e.g., book proposal, manuscript) must be emailed to The application will not be complete until these files have been received.

The sub­mis­sions for the Spring 2020 award will be open from the end of October until Dec. 31, for non-fiction books pub­lished for the first time between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Nominator Role
Nominator Role
City, State, Country
Please include a short bio here, including previously published books, articles, professional achievements, and any other relevant information. Word count should be no more than 150 words.
2-5 sentence elevator pitch for the book
If available, please provide a contact at the publisher, including the name, title, and email address of the individual
Natan Notable Books Committee 

Evan Behrens

Joshua C. Block

Daniel Bon­ner

Frank Foer, co-chair

Matthew Hiltzik

Tali Rosen­blatt-Cohen, co-chair

Sarah Gould Steinhardt

Michael Wig­ot­sky

Advi­so­ry Committee

Jere­my Dauber (2018 Natan Book Award Finalist)

Mat­ti Fried­man (2018 Natan Book Award winner)

Jef­frey Goldberg

Ilana Kur­shan (2018 Natan Book Award Finalist)

Rebec­ca Lieberman

Alana New­house

James Loef­fler (2018 Natan Book Award Finalist)

Annie Pol­land

Judith Shule­vitz

Build­ing a Conversation


Spies of No Coun­try is an impor­tant book … Amer­i­cans are not accus­tomed to hear­ing about Israel’s com­plex­i­ty, or its diversity.

– “ Spies Of No Coun­try’ Offers Nuanced Under­stand­ing Of Israel’s Com­plex­i­ty” (NPR)

The rich his­to­ry of East­ern Jews, includ­ing the crit­i­cal role they played in estab­lish­ing the State of Israel, should not be min­i­mized or erased …Thank­ful­ly, Friedman’s ground­break­ing book pro­vides a vital exam­ple of how to avoid just that.

Mizrahi Jew­ish spies built Israel, their descen­dants meet racism there” (The Jerusalem Post)

Fried­man [rec­ti­fies] a moral and his­tor­i­cal wrong when he calls our atten­tion to the four young men whom we come to know so well and admire so much in the pages of Spies of No Country.”

For­got­ten Spies’ Final­ly Get Their Due” (Jew­ish Jour­nal)

About Natan Fund

Natan inspires phil­an­thropists to become active­ly engaged in build­ing the Jew­ish future by giv­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to cut­t­ing-edge ini­tia­tives in Israel and in Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties around the world. Natan believes that edu­cat­ed, engaged, and entre­pre­neur­ial phil­an­thropy can trans­form both givers and grant recip­i­ents. Natan is a giv­ing cir­cle — a grant­mak­ing foun­da­tion where mem­bers pool their char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions, set the group’s phil­an­thropic strat­e­gy and agen­da, and col­lec­tive­ly award grants to emerg­ing ini­tia­tives, work­ing active­ly with their lead­ers to help them grow. We believe that edu­cat­ed, engaged, and entre­pre­neur­ial phil­an­thropy can trans­form both givers and grant recip­i­ents. Learn more about Natan here.