Natan Notable Books
Natan Notable Books is a twice-yearly award for nonfiction books on Jewish themes. Natan Notable Books highlights vital books and authors, and brings innovative and important ideas to the attention of diverse audiences.
Around Passover and the Jewish High Holidays, Natan selects a “Natan Notable Book,” a recently-published or about-to-be published non-fiction title that will catalyze conversations aligned with the themes of Natan’s grantmaking: reinventing Jewish life and community for the twenty-first century, shifting notions of individual and collective Jewish identity, the history and future of Israel, and the evolving relationship between Israel and world Jewry.
Natan Notable Book winners receive a Natan Notable Book seal and $5,000 for the author, marketing/distribution coaching and promotion from Jewish Book Council and Natan, and customized support designed to bring the book and/or the author to new audiences.
The Natan Notable Books Committee is made up of Natan members and partners who select the winner, and nominate books for consideration. Publishers and authors can also submit books for consideration.
Submission details can be found below.
*Read about the Fall 2021 winner here.*
Natan Notable Books is a new iteration of what had previously been called the Natan Book Award.
Franklin Foer, co-chair
Sarah Gould Steinhardt
Tali Rosenblatt Cohen, co-chair
Building a Conversation
Turning to ancient words in a broken world brings Horn into a community of living Jews. She ends this riveting, gorgeously written book as Jews have done across the millennia: by engaging the past, embracing the present and facing toward the future.
– Pamela S. Nadell, “ ‘Are Jewish Ghosts More Valued Than Jewish Lives?” (Washington Post)
People Love Dead Jews reminds us that Jewishness is not a museum, a graveyard, or a heritage site but a lively ongoing conversation at a long table that stretches before and behind us. Come out of hiding, Horn urges us, it’s time to take part in Jewish life.
– David Mikics, “People Love Dead Jews” (Tablet)
Fiercely, ferociously, courageously and backed with meticulous research, Horn challenges readers to confront the reasons for the fascination with Jewish deaths…
– Rahel Musleah, “People Love Dead Jews” (Hadassah Magazine)
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.