Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
In 2006, in celebration of Sami Rohr’s eightieth birthday, his children and grandchildren inaugurated the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature to honor his lifelong love of Jewish books.
This annual prize recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience. It is intended to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest. Each year, the prize of $100,000 aims to reward an emerging writer whose work has demonstrated a fresh vision and evidence of further growth. In addition, four other emerging authors receive recognition and monetary prizes. Recipients must have written a book of literary merit that stimulates interest in themes of Jewish concern. Fiction and nonfiction books are considered in alternate years.
In conjunction with this award, the Rohr family has established the Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute. The biennial gathering exclusively for the winning authors, judges and advisers, is a forum devoted to the continuity of Jewish literature.
The Prize and Institute are coordinated and administered under the exclusive auspices of the Jewish Book Council. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges.
Awardees’ Continuing Contribution to Jewish Literature
Ayelet Tsabari’s new memoir, The Art of Leaving, was released in February by Random House US and HarperCollins Canada.
Boris Fishman’s new book, Savage Feast, his first work of nonfiction, was published by HarperCollins in February.
Matti Friedman’s new book, Spies of No Country was published by Algonquin in March.
Submissions are not accepted for this award.
An advisory panel is charged with evaluating eligible works. An independent panel of renowned judges determines the finalists for consideration and convenes annually to select the awardees.
AJS Book Registration 2019
This year AJS will again celebrate its members’ recent publications with the Association for Jewish Studies Honors Its Authors event, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
AJS and JBC’s Sami Rohr Prize will recognize AJS members’ 2019 books with a special brochure featuring book details and a dedicated display of the books at the JBC Booth at the AJS Annual Conference. Books will also be displayed at the respective publisher booths throughout the Exhibit Hall.
Please click here to submit a 2019 book for the AJS Honors Its Authors brochure.