Inau­gu­rat­ed in 1950, the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards is the longest-run­ning North Amer­i­can awards pro­gram of its kind and is rec­og­nized as the most pres­ti­gious. The Awards are intend­ed to rec­og­nize authors, and encour­age read­ing, of out­stand­ing Eng­lish-lan­guage books of Jew­ish interest.

Awards are pre­sent­ed in over eigh­teen cat­e­gories, and the win­ning authors are cel­e­brat­ed at an annu­al gala in the year fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the books under con­sid­er­a­tion. Past notable 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.

2019 Sub­mis­sions Will Open in June

2018 Winners

2018 Judges

Sarah Abre­vaya Stein

Mich­lean Amir

Nan­cy Bachrach

Judith Baskin

Ira Bed­zow

Elana Bern­stein Storch

Elisa Bild­ner

Tra­cy Brown

Sta­cy Burdett

Jere­my Burton

Men­achem Butler

Susan Caller

Ezra Cap­pell

Rab­bi Carie Carter

Julia P. Cohen

Ellen Cole

Alli­son Davis

Zev Eleff

Zach Fas­man

Cindy Beer Fouey

Geri Gin­dea

Zvi Gitel­man

Debra Glas­berg

Joy Green­berg

Blu Green­berg

Steve Gross

Tul­ly Harcsztark

Jay M. Harris

Eli Havivi

Tali Heren­stein

Joel Hoff­man

Rita Jacobs

Robin Jacob­son

Howard Jaeck­el

Alan Kadish

Marc Katz

Sharon Keller

Jonathan Kirsch

Rebec­ca Kobrin

Fred Lazin

Seth Leib­sohn

Lin­da Levi

Fred Lev­ick

Sheri Levin

Judith Lieber­man

Sue Lit­tauer

Joshua Lon­don

Karen Med­wed

Joshua Mikutis

Deb­by Miller

Rela Mintz Geffen

Karen Moss

Avi­noam Patt

Shari Rabin

Deb­o­rah Rabner

Ethel Rackin

Jonathan S. Ray

Robert Rifkind

Matthue Roth

Danya Rut­ten­berg

Jonathan Sar­na

Ben­jamin Schreier

Josh Schreier

Shu­ly Schwartz

Amir Sha­viv

Bill Shul­man

Lisa Sil­ver­man

Nan­cy Sims

Rena Singer

Bri­an Smollett

Abe Stein­berg­er

Lil­ian Stern

Mar­i­on Stoltz-loike

Livia Straus

Marc Straus

Cathy Suss­man

Shel­by Tauber

Susan Tour­ial

Mike Uram

Stephen Weiss

Jane Weitz­man

Lenore Weitz­man

Alan Wiener

William Daroff

Etta Zim­mer­man

Nam­ing Opportunities

There are nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the fol­low­ing award categories

  • Antholo­gies and Collections
  • Children’s Lit­er­a­ture
  • Visu­al Arts
  • Young Adult Literature

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties call Nao­mi Fire­stone-Teeter at (212) 2012921.