72nd National Jewish Book Awards Celebration
Join Jewish Book Council and the winners of the 72nd National Jewish Book Awards as we celebrate their accomplishments!
The celebration will feature remarks from a selection of the 72nd winners in addition to special guests of Jewish Book Council. Each ticket supports Jewish Book Council’s efforts to enrich, educate, and strengthen the community through literature.
The dinner will be hosted by Abigail Pogrebin, the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish which went into ten printings, and My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was a finalist for a 2017 National Jewish Book Award. A former Emmy-nominated producer for “60 Minutes,” she has written for The Atlantic, Newsweek, Tablet and the Forward and she was a cohost — with Orthodox Rabbi Dov Linzer — for the Tablet Magazine podcast, “Parsha in Progress.” Abby moderates public conversations for the Streicker Center, Shalom Hartman Institute, and the JCC in Manhattan. She is a past president of Central Synagogue in New York.
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- Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award: Michael W. Twitty, KosherSoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew by Michael W. Twitty (HarperCollins/Amistad Books)
- Mentorship Award In Honor of Carolyn Starman Hessel: Ellen Frankel
- American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award: Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers, American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York (Princeton University Press)
- Autobiography & Memoir The Krauss Family Award In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg: Stephen Mills, Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood (Metropolitan Books)
- Biography In Memory of Sara Berenson Stone: Jonathan Freedland. The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Book Club Award The Miller Family Award in Memory of Helen Dunn Weinstein and June Keit Miller: Miriam Ruth Black, Shayna (Kirk House)
- Children’s Picture Book Tracy and Larry Brown Family Award: Shoshana Nambi, Moran Yogev, illus. The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda (Kalaniot Books)
- Contemporary Jewish Life & Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award: Danya Ruttenberg, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World (Beacon Press)
- Debut Fiction Goldberg Prize: Ashley Goldberg, Abomination (Penguin Random House Australia)
- Education & Jewish Identity In Memory of Dorothy Kripke: Sivan Zakai, My Second-Favorite Country: How American Jewish Children Think About Israel (NYU Press)
- Fiction JJ Greenberg Memorial Award: Dani Shapiro, Signal Fires (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Food Writing & Cookbooks Jane and Stuart Weitzman Family Award: Benedetta Jasmine Guetta, Cooking alla Giudia (Artisan Books)
- Hebrew Fiction in Translation Jane Weitzman Award Maayan Eitan, Love by (Penguin Press)
- History Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award: Kenneth B. Moss, An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland (Harvard University Press)
- Holocaust In Memory of Ernest W. Michel: Jonathan Freedland. The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Holocaust Memoir Award: Michael Frank, One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World (Avid Reader Press)
- Middle Grade Literature: Stacy Nockowitz, The Prince of Steel Pier (Kar-Ben Publishing)
- Modern Jewish Thought & Experience Dorot Foundation Award In Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson: Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Figuring Jerusalem: Politics and Poetics in the Sacred Center (The University of Chicago Press)
- Poetry Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash: Sean Singer, Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press)
- Scholarship Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award:Jay Michaelson, The Heresy of Jacob Frank: From Jewish Messianism to Esoteric Myth (Oxford University Press)
- Sephardic Culture Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy: Michael Frank, One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World (Avid Reader Press)
- Visual Arts: Liana Finck, Let There Be Light The Real Story of Her Creation (Random House)
- Women’s Studies Barbara Dobkin Award: Elisheva Baumgarten, Biblical Women and Jewish Daily Life in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press)
- Writing Based on Archival Material The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award: Laura Hobson Faure, A “Jewish Marshall Plan” The American Jewish Presence in Post-Holocaust France (Indiana University Press)
- Young Adult Literature: Susan Wider, It’s My Whole Life: Charlotte Salomon: An Artist in Hiding During World War II (Norton Young Readers)
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.