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.

Yehu­da Mirsky recent­ly authored a piece in Tablet about notable events in 1948.

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.