73rd National Jewish Book Award Celebration
Bohemian National Hall
Join Jewish Book Council and the winners of the 73rd National Jewish Book Awards as we celebrate their accomplishments!
The celebration will feature remarks from a selection of the 73rd 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. Purchase tickets here. To pay with a check, please email Evie Saphire-Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to see you there! This celebration will include a strolling supper (stations and passed hors d’oeuvres), followed by a seated awards presentation and dessert reception.
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73rd National Jewish Book Award Winners
- Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award: Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance by Jeremy Eichler (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Mentorship Award In Honor of Carolyn Starman Hessel: Altie Karper
- American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award: Walkers in the City: Jewish Street Photographers of Midcentury New York by Deborah Dash Moore (Three Hills / Cornell University Press)
- Autobiography & Memoir The Krauss Family Award in Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg: Happily: A Personal History-with Fairy Tales by Sabrina Orah Mark (Random House)
- Biography Award in Memory of Sara Berenson Stone: Bruno Schulz: An Artist, a Murder, and the Hijacking of History by Benjamin Balint (W. W. Norton & Company)
- Book Club The Miller Family Award in Memory of Helen Dunn Weinstein and June Keit Miller: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (Penguin Random House)
- Children’s Picture Book Tracy and Larry Brown Family Award: Two New Years by Richard Ho, Lynn Scurfield, illus. (Chronicle Books)
- Contemporary Jewish Life & Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award: Loving Our Own Bones: Disability Wisdom and the Spiritual Subversiveness of Knowing Ourselves Whole by Julia Watts Belser (Beacon Press)
- Debut Fiction Goldberg Prize: All-Night Pharmacy by Ruth Madievsky (Catapult)
- Education & Jewish Identity Award in Memory of Dorothy Kripke: Israel 201: Your Next-Level Guide to the Magic, Mystery, and Chaos of Life in the Holy Land by Joel Chasnoff and Benji Lovitt (Gefen Publishing House)
- Fiction JJ Greenberg Memorial Award: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House)
- Food Writing & Cookbooks Jane and Stuart Weitzman Family Award: Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria by Marcia Bricker Halperin (Cornell University Press)
- Hebrew Fiction in Translation Jane Weitzman Award: Operation Bethlehem by Yariv Inbar, Dalit Shmueli, trans. (Genera Ventures, Ltd.)
- History Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award: Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance by Jeremy Eichler (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Holocaust Award in Memory of Ernest W. Michel: Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance by Jeremy Eichler (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Holocaust Memoir Award in Memory of Dr. Charles and Ethel Weitzman: The Ghost Tattoo by Tony Bernard (Citadel Press / Kensington Books)
- Middle Grade Literature Award: The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari Lowe (Levine Querido)
- Modern Jewish Thought & Experience Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider: The Eleventh Plague: Jews and Pandemics from the Bible to COVID-19 Jeremy Brown (Oxford University Press)
- Poetry Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash: When There Was Light by Carlie Hoffman (Four Way Books)
- Scholarship Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award: Fractured Tablets: Forgetfulness and Fallibility in Late Ancient Rabbinic Culture by Mira Balberg (University of California Press)
- Sephardic Culture Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy: Kantika by Elizabeth Graver (Metropolitan Books)
- Women’s Studies Barbara Dobkin Award: Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides After the Holocaust by Robin Judd (University of North Carolina Press)
- Writing Based on Archival Material The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award: Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides After the Holocaust by Robin Judd (University of North Carolina Press)
- Young Adult Literature Award: The Blood Years by Elana K. Arnold Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins 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.
Alison Rose Greenberg is a screenwriter and the author of Maybe Once, Maybe Twice and Bad Luck Bridesmaid. She lives in Atlanta but is quick to say she was born in New York City, as any nice Jewish girl would be. While attending the University of Southern California, Alison took her first screenwriting class and fell head over heels. A journey from writing led to marketing jobs, before coming full-circle back to her first love. Alison speaks fluent rom-com, lives for 90’s WB dramas, cries to Taylor Swift, and is a proud single mom to her two incredible kids, two cats, and one poorly-trained dog.
Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer and the bestselling author of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, a New York Times Editor’s Choice. She wrote for eight years on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has written for the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards, and the 2020 Democratic National Convention. She is the head writer and executive producer of the WGA Award-nominated Yearly Departed, an Amazon Comedy Special, and is currently adapting Nobody Will Tell You This But Me into a feature film with Sight Unseen Pictures. She lives with her husband and two children in New York.
A special thank you to Stacey Levy and her family for their generous support of the National Jewish Book Award program
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