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Mazal Tov
to all the Jewish book awards finalists and winners.
Below are nominees and winners of several Awards.

The National Jewish Books Awards is sponsored and administered by the Jewish Book Council. The Awards Ceremony was held in New York City on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at the Center for Jewish History.


SPECIAL AWARD
Everett Family Foundation
Jewish Book of the Year Award
WINNER
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (Harcourt)
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NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
WINNER
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate)

Runners up:
Heir to the Glimmering World by Cynthia Ozick (Houghton Mifflin)
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)
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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT AND EXPERIENCE
Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of
Joy Ungerleider Mayerson
WINNER
After Emancipation by David Ellenson (HUC Press)

Runners up:
Autobiographical Jews by Michael Stanislawski (Univ. of Washington Press)
The Way into Tikkun Olam by Rabbi Elliot Dorff (Jewish Lights)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
WINNER
The Chosen: The Hidden History of Exclusion at Harvard, Yale and Princeton by Jerome Karabel (Houghton Mifflin)

Runners up:
Jews and the American Soul by Andrew R. Heinze (Princeton University Press)
Jews and Gentiles in Early America, 1654-1800 by William Pencak (University of Michigan Press)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
ANTHOLOGIES
WINNER
Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) A Jewish American Writer by Derek Rubin, ed. (Schocken)

Runners up:
Classic Yiddish Stories of SY Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem and IL Peretz by Ken Frieden, ed. (Syracuse University Press)
Old Demons, New Debates: Anti-Semitism and the West by David I. Kertzer, ed. (Holmes and Meier Publishers, Inc.)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
WINNER
Ester and Ruzya : How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace by Masha Gessen (Bantam Dell Publishing Group)

Runners up:
A Story of a Life by Aharon Appelfeld (Schocken Books)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
WINNER
Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass (Clarion Books)

Runners up:
Daniel Half-Human And The Good Nazi by David Chotiewitz (Simon and Schuster)
Double Crossing by Eve Tal (Cinco Puntos)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE AND PRACTICE
WINNER
The Book of Customs by Scott-Martin Kosofsky (HarperSan Francisco)

Runners up:
Love Letters: A Celebration of Jewish Love and Marriage in Words and Images by David Moss, Quotations selected and translated by Michael Swirsky (Bet Alpha Divisions)
Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial by Rochel U. Berman (Urim)
Second Chances by Levi Meier (Urim)
How To Keep Kosher by Lise Stern (Wm. Morrow)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
EASTERN EUROPEAN STUDIES
Ronald S. Lauder Award

WINNER
The Jewish Century by Yuri Slezkine (Princeton University Press)

Runners up:
Polin, Vol. 17: The Shtetyl: Myth and Reality Antony Polonsky, ed. (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)
Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, 1918-1930 by David Shneer (Cambridge University Press)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
HISTORY
Gerrard and Ella Berman Award
WINNER
Salonica, City of Ghosts Christians, Muslims and Jews by Mark Mazower (Knopf)

Runners up:
Jewish Renaissance in Spain by Mark Meyerson (Princeton University)
Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt by Mark R. Cohen (Princeton University)
Cruel World The Children of Eurpe in the Nazi Web by Lynn H. Nicholas (Knopf / Vintage)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
HOLOCAUST STUDIES
WINNER
History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving by Deborah Lipstadt (Ecco)
History on Trial : My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (P.S.) (Paperback)

Runners up:
Nine Suitcases by Bela Zsolt (Random House)
Music in the Holocaust: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps by Shirli Gilbert (Oxford University Press)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'S BOOK
Louis Posner Memorial Award
WINNER
The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century by Uri Shulevitz. (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

Runners up:
Sholom's Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer by Erica Silverman; Mordicai Gerstein, illus. (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
The Last Pair of Shoes by Sashi Fridman; Seva, illus. (Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, Inc.)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
JEWISH FAMILY LITERATURE
In Memory of Dorothy Kripke
Winner
A Box of Candles by Laurie A. Jacobs. Shelly Ephraim, illus. (Boyds Mills Press)

Runners up:
Wise and Not So Wise: Ten Tales from the Rabbis Selected and Retold by Phillis Gershator. Alexa Gunzberg, illus. (Jewish Publication Society)
In God's Hands by Lawrence Kushner and Gary Schmidt. Matthew J. Baek, illus. (Jewish Lights)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
POETRY

WINNER
Everything is Burning: Poems by Gerald Stern (WW Norton)

Runners up:
A Sail to Great Island by Alan Feldman (Univ. of Wisconsin Press)
Collected Poems, 1954-2004 by Irving Feldman (Random House)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
REFERENCE

WINNER
Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz (Oxford Univ. Press)

Runners up:
The Bible with Sources Revealed by Richard Elliot Friedman (HarperSan Francisco)
Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy by Sallyann Amdur Sack, Gray Mokotoff, eds. (Avotaynu)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
SCHOLARSHIP

WINNER
Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination by Elliott R. Wolfson (Fordham University Press)

Runners up:
Exile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi Morteira's Sermons to a Congregation of "New Jews" by Marc Saperstein (Hebrew Union College Press)
Kabbalah and Eros by Moshe Idel (Yale University Press)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
SEPHARDIC CULTURE
Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy

WINNER
The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature by Ilan Stavans, ed. (Schocken)

Runners up
Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture by Mattias B. Lehmann (Indiana University Press)
The Art of Subversion in Inquisitorial Spain by Manuel Da Costa Fontes (Purdue Univ. Press)
Jubana! The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cubana Goddess By Gigi Anders (Rayo)
Pomegranate Seeds: Latin American Jewish Tales by Nadia Grosser Nagarajan (Univ. of New Mexico Press)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
VISUAL ARTS

WINNER
Jewish Women and Their Salons: The Power of Conversation by Emily D. Bilski and Emily Braun, eds. (The Jewish Museum and Yale University Press)

Runners up:
Luminous Art: Hanukkah Menorahs of the Jewish Museum by Susan L. Braunstein, ed. (New York: The Jewish Museum and Yale University Press )
Printing the Talmud: From Bomberg to Schottenstein by Sharon Liberman Mintz and Gabriel M. Goldstein, eds (Yeshiva University Museum)

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THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR
WOMEN'S STUDIES
Barbara Dobkin Award

WINNER
The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt by Ruth Andrew Ellenson, Ed. (Dutton)

Runners up:
Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism by Tamar Ross (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England)
Princess or Prisoner: Jewish Women in Jerusalem, 1840-1914 by Margalit Shilo (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England)
Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe by Elisheva Baumgarten (Princeton University Press)

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