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Thursday, January 13, 2011

National Jewish Book Awards (2010)

2010 Info from Jewish Book Council accessed 1/13/11, previous years (1949-2008) available here.  Information about the award from Wikipedia.

The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.
The National Jewish Book Awards program began in 1948 when the Jewish Book Council presented awards to authors of Jewish books at its annual meeting. The first book awarded the prize was Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Harry Austryn Wolfson. Among the past notable literary winners are Howard Fast, Chaim Grade, Samuel Heilman, John Hersey, Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, I.B. Singer, and Elie Wiesel.
In addition to the category awards, every year since 2002, one non-fiction book has been selected as the winner of the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. The past three winners have been Dr. Michael Oren, Dr. Jonathan Sarna and Dr. Amos Oz. With such prominent, influential thinkers participating in the program, the awards have a significant impact on American Jewish cultural life.

2010 National Jewish Book Awards

Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award
When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckerman

Jewish Book Council IMPACT Award
Harold Grinspoon

Jewish Book Council Lifetime Achievement Award
Cynthia Ozick

American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award
Winner:
The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman
Finalist:
Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora by Rebecca Kobrin

Anthologies and Collections
Winner:
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, Judith R. Baskin and Kenneth Seeskin, eds.
Finalists:
Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging by Derek Rubin, ed.
Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Jews at Home: The Domestication of Identity (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) by Simon J. Bronner, ed.

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg
Winner:
Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century by Ruth Harris
Finalists:
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership by Yehuda Avner
Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero by Abigail Green
Backing Into Forward by Jules Feiffer

Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Winner:
Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania by Haya Leah Molnar
Finalists:
Rabbi Harvey vs. The Wisdom Kid: A Graphic Novel of Dueling Jewish Folktales in the Wild West
by Steve Sheinkin
The Orphan Rescue by Anne Dublin
An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice
Winner:
Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation by Martin Fletcher
Finalists:
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time by Judith Shulevitz
Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary by Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman

Education and Jewish Identity
Winner:
Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary by Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman
Finalists:
Ramah at 60: Impact and Innovation by Mitchell Cohen, Jeffrey S. Kress, eds.
Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century by Jack Wertheimer

Fiction
JJ Greenberg Memorial Award
Winner:
To the End of the Land by David Grossman; Jessica Cohen, trans.
Finalists:
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Instructions (McSweeney’s) by Adam Levin
Nemesis by Philip Roth

History
Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award
Winner:
Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History by David B. Ruderman
Finalists:
Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex by Hayim Tawil and Bernard Schneider
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership by Yehuda Avner
Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidim by David Assaf

Holocaust
Winner:
Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp by Christopher R. Browning
Finalists:
The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide by Daniel Blatman; Chaya Galai, trans.
The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust by Guy Miron and Shlomit Shulhani, eds.

Illustrated Children’s Books
Louis Posner Memorial Award
Winner:
The Rooster Prince of Breslov by Ann Redisch Stampler; Eugene Yelchin, illus.
Finalists:
Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book by Adapted by Sarah Gershman; Kristina Swarner, illus.
Feivel's Flying Horses by Heidi Smith Hyde; Johanna van der Sterre, illus

Modern Jewish Thought & Experience
Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson
Winner:
The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot: The Complete Tisha B'Av Service with Commentary by Rabbi Joseph
B. Soloveitchik by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Finalists:
The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life by David Hazony
Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light On The Sabbath And Holidays From Rabbi Abraham Kook by Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Outstanding Debut Fiction
Foundation for Jewish Culture's Goldberg Prize
Winner:
Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz
Finalist:
Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwarz

Scholarship
Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award
Winner:
From Continuity to Contiguity: Toward a New Jewish Literary Thinking by Dan Miron
Finalists:
Yehuda Halevi by Hillel Halkin
Glory and Agony: Isaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative by Yael S. Feldman
The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, And Ecclesiastes: A Translation With Commentary by Robert Alter
Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution by Jeremy Stolow

Sephardic Culture
Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy
Winner:
Yehuda Halevi by Hillel Halkin
Finalist:
The D├Ânme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks by Marc David Baer

Women’s Studies
Barbara Dobkin Award
Winner:Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Volume One by Pauline Wengeroff; Shulamit S. Magnus, trans.
Finalists:
In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities by Lori Hope Lefkovitz
A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America by Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn, Rachel Kranson, eds.

Writing Based on Archival Material
The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award
Winner:
The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Jonathan Schneer
Finalists:
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
Syrian Jewry in Transition, 1840–1880 by Yaron Harel; Dena Ordan, trans.

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