70th National Jewish Book Awards Celebration
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Join Jewish Book Council and the winners of the 70th National Jewish Book Awards as we celebrate their accomplishments!
The virtual celebration will feature remarks from the 2020 winners live from their homes. See the full list of winners below:
- Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year Award: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z“l, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (Basic Books)
- Mentorship Award in Honor of Carolyn Starman Hessel: Deborah Harris
- American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award: Laura Arnold Leibman, The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center)
- Autobiography and Memoir Krauss Family Award in Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg: Ariana Neumann, When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains (Scriber, Simon & Schuster)
- Biography in Memory of Sara Berenson Stone: Nancy Sinkoff, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press)
- Book Club Miller Family Award in Memory of Helen Dunn Weinstein and June Keit Miller: Max Gross, The Lost Shtetl (HarperVia)
- Children’s Picture Book: Lesléa Newman; Susan Gal illus., Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail (Charlesbridge)
- Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award: Arthur Green, Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love (Yale University Press)
- Debut Fiction Goldberg Prize: Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel (Simon & Schuster)
- Education and Jewish Identity in Memory of Dorothy Kripke: Sarah Bunin Benor, Jonathan Krasner, and Sharon Avni, Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps (Rutgers University Press)
- Fiction JJ Greenberg Memorial Award: Colum McCann, Apeirogon: A Novel (Random House)
- Food Writing & Cookbooks Jane and Stuart Weitzman Family Award: Monday Morning Cooking Club, Now For Something Sweet (HarperCollins)
- History Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award: Laura Arnold Leibman, The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center)
- Holocaust in Memory of Ernest W. Michel: Faris Cassell, The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help (Regnery History)
- Middle Grade Literature: Anne Blankman, The Blackbird Girls (Viking Children’s Books, Penguin/Random House)
- Modern Jewish Thought and Experience Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z“l, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (Basic Books)
- Poetry Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash: Lisa Richter, Nautilus and Bone (Frontenac House)
- Scholarship Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award: Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism (Princeton University Press)
- Sephardic Culture Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy: Devi Mays, Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora (Stanford University Press)
- Women Studies Barbara Dobkin Award: Laura Arnold Leibman, The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center)
- Writing Based on Archival Material The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award: Magda Teter, Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth(Harvard University Press)
- Young Adult Literature: Gavriel Savit, The Way Back (Random House Children’s Books)
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. Learn more about the National Jewish Book Awards here.
Jewish Book Council is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the reading, writing, and publishing of Jewish literature. Engaging and educating authors and readers across the globe, Jewish Book Council’s goal is to enrich the connection to Jewish life and identity through literature and to create conversations with generations of readers across our Jewish communities. Read more about Jewish Book Council and its programs and resources here.