National Jewish Book Awards

The Jewish Book Council recently announced the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

According to the Jewish Book Council, "Now in its 63rd year, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Established to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest in various categories, it has earned its place as one of the nation's premiere literary honors."

Some of the winners and finalists include:

Jewish Book of the Year: Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi

American Jewish Studies: FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman

Anthologies and Collections: 1929: Mapping the Jewish World by Hasia R. Diner and Gennady Estraikh, eds.

Finalist: Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership by Rabbi Menachem Genack, ed.

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir: An American Bride In Kabul: A Memoir by Phyllis Chesler

Finalist: The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris by Jonathan Kirsch

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice: Kaddish: Women's Voices by Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas

Finalist: Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey by William F.S. Miles

Fiction: Between Friends by Amos Oz; Sondra Silverston, trans.

Finalists: Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

In The Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman

Outstanding Debut Fiction: The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert

Finalists: Forgiving Maximo Rothman by A.J. Sidransky

My Mother’s Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story by J.L. Witterick

Other categories include History, Holocaust, Poetry, Children's and Young Adult Literature, Scholarship, Visual Arts, and Women's Studies. This is a complete list of categories with winners and finalists. Books not owned by the Denver Public Library may be available through Prospector or Interlibrary Loan.

Written by Becker on January 28, 2014


Laurie. on January 28, 2014


Thanks for the suggestions! I just placed a hold for Smart's title.


So glad you found something of interest on the list. Such a diversity of titles!

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