New York, June 22, 2022 – On the occa­sion of the open­ing of the sub­mis­sion peri­od for the sev­en­ty-sec­ond Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards, Jew­ish Book Coun­cil is pleased to announce the estab­lish­ment of three new Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards. The awards include the cre­ation of the Jane Weitz­man Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for Hebrew Fic­tion in Trans­la­tion, gen­er­ous­ly sup­port­ed by Charles and Lynn Schus­ter­man Fam­i­ly Phil­an­thropies (CLSFP) on the occa­sion of Jane’s 80th birth­day; the Tra­cy and Lar­ry Brown Fam­i­ly Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for Chil­dren’s Pic­ture Book; and a new Holo­caust Mem­oir Award that will hon­or an account of a Jew­ish person’s expe­ri­ences dur­ing the Holocaust.

The Jane Weitz­man Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for Hebrew Fic­tion in Trans­la­tion is estab­lished to hon­or and ampli­fy the work of con­tem­po­rary Israeli authors writ­ing fic­tion orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in Hebrew and the work of their trans­la­tors bring­ing those texts to an Eng­lish-speak­ing audi­ence. I am so proud to estab­lish this prize in hon­or of Jane’s ded­i­cat­ed ser­vice to the Jew­ish peo­ple and, in par­tic­u­lar, her com­mit­ment to and love for Israel,” says Lynn Schusterman.

The award’s goal is to intro­duce these works to both JBC’s tra­di­tion­al audi­ence as well as read­ers who may not typ­i­cal­ly be exposed to con­tem­po­rary Israeli lit­er­a­ture. Through this award, JBC seeks to illu­mi­nate the mul­ti­fac­eted per­spec­tives of the Israeli expe­ri­ence. It is our hope that by expand­ing the mar­ket for these works, we will also expand the audi­ence and cel­e­bra­tion of Israeli lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. It’s a great hon­or for me to have such a mean­ing­ful award cre­at­ed on the occa­sion of my upcom­ing 80th birth­day. I’m so grate­ful to Lynn Schus­ter­man for her vision and gen­eros­i­ty,” said Jane Weitz­man, Pres­i­dent of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, upon learn­ing about the award.

The Tra­cy and Lar­ry Brown Fam­i­ly Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for Chil­dren’s Pic­ture Book was devel­oped in order to cel­e­brate authors and illus­tra­tors of books designed to be read aloud to chil­dren ages 3 to 8 years old or board books intend­ed for chil­dren 0 – 3 years old. Tra­cy Brown, a children’s book writer and mem­ber of Jew­ish Book Council’s Board of Direc­tors shares: Lar­ry and I are thrilled to endow the Children’s Pic­ture Book Award. We are proud to sup­port qual­i­ty children’s lit­er­a­ture that reflects all aspects of Judaism — from life cycle events to hol­i­days to mul­ti­cul­tur­al fam­i­lies. It is impor­tant that Jew­ish chil­dren have books that not only act as a mir­ror of their own lives but a win­dow into oth­er facets of Jew­ish life out­side of their own.”

The Holo­caust Mem­oir Award, which will be giv­en along with the Ernest W. Michel Holo­caust Award, will be specif­i­cal­ly des­ig­nat­ed for a book that recounts an individual’s expe­ri­ences dur­ing the Holo­caust. While these would typ­i­cal­ly be mem­oirs writ­ten by sur­vivors, also eli­gi­ble are co-authored books in which a sur­vivor works with a writer to tell his or her sto­ry, and accounts of a survivor’s expe­ri­ences writ­ten by a mem­ber of his or her fam­i­ly (such as a child or grand­child), or by anoth­er author that has access to and uses pri­ma­ry doc­u­ments. A recent­ly dis­cov­ered or recov­ered diary or mem­oir writ­ten by some­one who did not sur­vive the Holo­caust is also eli­gi­ble. While Holo­caust schol­ar­ship is crit­i­cal to our com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge of the Shoah, it is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for Jew­ish Book Coun­cil to rec­og­nize and hon­or the con­tri­bu­tions that indi­vid­ual sur­vivors and diarists add to our under­stand­ing of the Holocaust.

Now in its sev­en­ty-sec­ond year, the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards cel­e­brate Jew­ish lit­er­ary achieve­ment in a wide range of gen­res and forms, hon­or­ing writ­ers in over twen­ty dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories each year. You can see our full list of win­ners and final­ists in our data­base here.

The Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards is a pro­gram of the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, a non­prof­it ded­i­cat­ed to the enrich­ment of Jew­ish life and edu­ca­tion through lit­er­a­ture. Pro­mot­ing the read­ing, writ­ing, and pub­li­ca­tion of books of Jew­ish inter­est, Jew­ish Book Coun­cil reach­es more than half a mil­lion read­ers annu­al­ly with week­ly reviews and essays; arranges near­ly 1,400 Jew­ish lit­er­ary pro­grams in part­ner­ship with syn­a­gogues, JCCs, Fed­er­a­tions, among oth­er Jew­ish non­prof­its; pub­lish­es the lit­er­ary jour­nal Paper Brigade; and pro­vides dis­cus­sion resources to over 2,000 book clubs.

Sub­mis­sions for the 2022 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards are now open! To sub­mit your book or for more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it www​.jew​ish​book​coun​cil​.org or con­tact Jew­ish Book Coun­cil at njba@​jewishbooks.​org or (212) 2012920.