71st Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards Celebration

Wednesday, April 6, 2022


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

Join Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and the win­ners of the 71st Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards as we cel­e­brate their accomplishments!

The vir­tu­al cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture remarks from the 2021 win­ners live from their homes. See the full list of win­ners below:

  • Everett Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion Jew­ish Book of the Year Award: Dvo­ra Haco­hen, fore­word by Ruth Bad­er Gins­burg, To Repair a Bro­ken World: The Life of Hen­ri­et­ta Szold, Founder of Hadas­sah (Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Men­tor­ship Award In Hon­or of Car­olyn Star­man Hes­sel: Bon­ny V. Fetterman
  • Amer­i­can Jew­ish Stud­ies Cel­e­brate 350 Award: Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper, A Fortress in Brook­lyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Mak­ing of Hasidic Williams­burg (Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press )
  • Auto­bi­og­ra­phy & Mem­oir The Krauss Fam­i­ly Award In Mem­o­ry of Simon & Shu­lamith (Sofi) Gold­berg: The Empa­thy Diaries: A Mem­oir, Sher­ry Turkle (Pen­guin)
  • Biog­ra­phy In Mem­o­ry of Sara Beren­son Stone: Dvo­ra Haco­hen, To Repair a Bro­ken World: The Life of Hen­ri­et­ta Szold, Founder of Hadas­sah (Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Book Club Award The Miller Fam­i­ly Award in Mem­o­ry of Helen Dunn Wein­stein and June Keit Miller: Helene Weck­er, The Hid­den Palace (Harper­Collins Publishers)
  • Children’s Pic­ture Book: Nan­cy Churnin, illus­trat­ed by Bethany Stan­cliffe, Dear Mr. Dick­ens (Albert Whit­man & Co.)
  • Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish Life & Prac­tice Myra H. Kraft Memo­r­i­al Award: Dara Horn, Peo­ple Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunt­ed Present (W. W. Nor­ton & Company)
  • Debut Fic­tion Gold­berg Prize: Jai Chakrabar­ti, A Play for the End of the World (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Edu­ca­tion & Jew­ish Iden­ti­ty In Mem­o­ry of Dorothy Krip­ke: Simon J. Bron­ner, Jew­ish Cul­tur­al Stud­ies (Wayne State Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Fic­tion JJ Green­berg Memo­r­i­al Award: Joshua Cohen, The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ulti­mate­ly Even Neg­li­gi­ble Episode in the His­to­ry of a Very Famous Fam­i­ly (New York Review Books)
  • Food Writ­ing & Cook­books Jane and Stu­art Weitz­man Fam­i­ly Award: Ether David, Bene Appetit : The Cui­sine of Indi­an Jews (Harper­Collins Pub­lish­ers India)
  • His­to­ry Ger­rard and Ella Berman Memo­r­i­al Award: James McAuley, The House of Frag­ile Things: Jew­ish Art Col­lec­tors and the Fall of France (Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Holo­caust In Mem­o­ry of Ernest W. Michel: Wendy Low­er, The Ravine: A Fam­i­ly, a Pho­to­graph, a Holo­caust Mas­sacre Revealed (Mariner Books (pre­vi­ous­ly Houghton Mif­flin Harcourt))
  • Mid­dle Grade Lit­er­a­ture: Gor­don Kor­man, Linked (Scholas­tic Press, an imprint of Scholas­tic Inc.)
  • Mod­ern Jew­ish Thought & Expe­ri­ence Dorot Foun­da­tion Award In Mem­o­ry of Joy Unger­lei­der May­er­son: Erin Leib Smok­ler, Torah in a Time of Plague: His­tor­i­cal and Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish Respons­es (Ben Yehu­da Press)
  • Poet­ry Berru Award in Mem­o­ry of Ruth and Bernie Wein­flash: Joy Ladin, The Book of Anna(EOAGH Books )
  • Schol­ar­ship Nahum M. Sar­na Memo­r­i­al Award: Katell Berth­elot, Jews and Their Roman Rivals: Pagan Rome’s Chal­lenge to Israel (Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Sephardic Cul­ture Mimi S. Frank Award in Mem­o­ry of Becky Levy: Daniela Flesler and Adrián Pérez Mel­go­sa, The Mem­o­ry Work of Jew­ish Spain (Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Women’s Stud­ies Bar­bara Dobkin Award: Judy Batal­ion, The Light of Days: The Untold Sto­ry of Women Resis­tance Fight­ers in Hitler’s Ghet­tos (William Mor­row International)
  • Writ­ing Based on Archival Mate­r­i­al The JDC-Her­bert Katz­ki Award: Jaclyn Granick, Inter­na­tion­al Jew­ish Human­i­tar­i­an­ism in the Age of the Great War (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
  • Young Adult Lit­er­a­ture: Lori Banov Kauf­mann, Rebel Daugh­ter (Dela­corte Press/​RHCB)

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.