Thursday, January 22, 2009

National Jewish Book Awards

The winners of the 2008 National Jewish Book Awards have been announced by the Jewish Book Council. Click here for a printable press release.

And the winners are:

Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award
The Torah: A Women's Commentary by Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss (URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism)

American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award
Winner: Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Culture by Julian Levinson (Indiana University Press)


The First to Cry Down Injustice?: Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII by Ellen M. Eisenberg (Lexington Books)

From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books by Arie Kaplan (Jewish Publication Society)

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir, In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg

Winner: Marie Syrkin: Values Beyond the Self by Carole S. Kessner (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England)


The Journal of Hélène Berr by Helene Berr (Weinstein Books)

Benjamin Disraeli by Adam Kirsch (Schocken Books/Nextbook)

Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Winner: The Diary of Laura's Twin by Kathy Kacer (Second Story Press)


Checkpoints by Marilyn Levy (Jewish Publication Society)

Memories of Babi by Aranka Siegal (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Torah and Commentary: The Five Books of Moses: Translation, Rabbinic and Contemporary Commentary by Sol Scharfstein (KTAV Publishing House)

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice

Winner: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis (Jewish Lights Publishing)


Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities by Dr. Erica Brown (Jewish Lights Publishing)

The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey by Janna Gur (Schocken Books)

Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe by Lisa Alcalay Klug (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Education and Jewish Identity

Winner: What We Now Know About Jewish Education: Perspectives on Research for Practice
by Roberta Louis Goodman, Paul A. Flexner, Linda Dale Bloomberg, eds. (Torah Aura Productions)


Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice by Jack Wertheimer, ed. (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England)

Back to School : Jewish Day School in the Lives of Adult Jews by Alex Pomson and Randal F. Schnoor (Wayne State University Press)

Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity by Leonard Saxe and Barry Chazan (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England)


Winner: Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter: A Novel by Peter Manseau (Free Press)


Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg (Soho Press)

Memory: A Novel by Philippe Grimbert (Simon & Schuster)

People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks (Viking Adult)

History, Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award

Winner: 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris (Yale University Press)


The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service by Andrew Meier (W. W. Norton)


Winner: The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the
Murder of 1.5 Million Jews by Father Patrick Desbois (Palgrave Macmillan)


Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua, 1940-1945 by Marion A. Kaplan (Museum of Jewish Heritage)

Ghettostadt: Lódz and the Making of a Nazi City by Gordon J. Horwitz (Harvard University Press)

Illustrated Children’s Books


The Mysterious Guests: A Sukkot Story by Eric A. Kimmel; Katya Krenina, illus. (Holiday House)


As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson; Raul Colon; illus. (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert; Karla Gudeon, illus. (Blue Apple Books)

Jewish Family Literature, In Memory of Dorothy Kripke

Winner: Genesis-the Book with Seventy Faces: A guide for the Family by Esther Takac (Pitspopany Press)


A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew by Jonathan D. Sarna (Basic Books)

Modern Jewish Thought & Experience, Dorot Foundation Award In memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson

Winner: Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher’s Response to the Holocaust by David Patterson (Syracuse University Press)


Rabbi and the CEO: The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders by Thomas D. Zweifel and Aaron L. Raskin (Select Books)

My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman and David Arnow, eds. (Jewish Lights Publishing)

The Beast That Crouches at the Door: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Beyond by Rabbi David Fohrman (Devora Publishing)

Scholarship, Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award

Winner: The Kuzari and the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167-1900 by Adam Shear (Cambridge University Press)


Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought by Joshua A. Berman (Oxford University Press)

Sephardic Culture, Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy

Winner: Greece: A Jewish History by K.E. Fleming (Princeton University Press)


Iraq's Last Jews: Stories of Daily Life, Upheaval, and Escape from Modern Babylon by Tamar Morad, Dennis Shasha, Robert Shasha, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan)

Memories of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad by Violette Shamash; Mira and Tony Rocca, eds. (Forum Books)

Women’s Studies, Barbara Dobkin Award

Winner: A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book by Aliza Lavie, ed. (Spiegel & Grau)


New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein (Jewish Lights Publishing)

Writing Based on Archival Material , The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award

Winner: Robbing the Jews: The Confiscation of Jewish Property in the Holocaust, 1933-
1945 by Martin Dean (Cambridge University Press)

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