70th Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards Celebration

Monday, April 12, 2021
7–8:30pm

Vir­tu­al

To pay by check or wire, please con­tact njba@​jewishbooks.​org or 2122012920.

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 New­mann, 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)
  • 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.