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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 Tuesday evening, March 4, 2007, at the Center for Jewish History. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and to the Jewish Book Council. Please visit their website. [NJBA_winner_logo.jpg]

With winners in twenty categories hailing from six countries this year, the 57th Annual National Jewish Book Awards had an international flavor. A quarter of the 2007 winners were Israeli authors. This year's top honorees for the oldest Jewish literary award in the nation are James L. Kugel, winner of the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award for How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now (Free Press); and Rabbi Harold Kushner, winner of the Jewish Book Council Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Kugel and Rabbi Kushner - as well as eighteen other winners in as many categories - were honored on March 4th, 2008 at a gala award ceremony. As in years past, acclaimed authors Samuel G. Freedman and Ari L. Goldman, who both serve on the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, served as joint masters of ceremonies.




Everett Family Foundation
Jewish Book of the Year Award

[book] How to Read the Bible
A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now
By James L. Kugel
Free Press
September 2007. Free Press
Scholars from different fields have joined forces to reexamine every aspect of the Hebrew Bible. Their research, carried out in universities and seminaries in Europe and America, has revolutionized our understanding of almost every chapter and verse. But have they killed the Bible in the process? In How to Read the Bible, Harvard professor James Kugel leads the reader chapter by chapter through the "quiet revolution" of recent biblical scholarship, showing time and again how radically the interpretations of today's researchers differ from what people have always thought. The story of Adam and Eve, it turns out, was not originally about the "Fall of Man," but about the move from a primitive, hunter-gatherer society to a settled, agricultural one. As for the stories of Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob and Esau, these narratives were not, at their origin, about individual people at all but, rather, explanations of some feature of Israelite society as it existed centuries after these figures were said to have lived. Dinah was never raped -- her story was created by an editor to solve a certain problem in Genesis. Click the book cover for more information








Jewish Book Council Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to: Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

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American Jewish Studies
Celebrate 350 Award

Winner:
Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America. By Edward K. Kaplan / Yale University Press

Finalists:
The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America. By Beth Wenger / Doubleday
Let Us Prove Strong: The American Jewish Committee, 1945-2006. By Marianne Sanua / Brandeis University Press

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Anthologies and Collections

Winner:
Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal By Michael Fineberg, Shimon Samuels & Mark Weitzman, eds./ Vallentine Mitchell

Finalists:
An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature: Two Centuries of Dual Identity in Prose and Poetry, Two-Volume Set. Maxim D. Shrayer, ed. / M.E. Sharpe Publishers
Wrestling with God: Jewish Theological Responses During and After the Holocaust. Steven T. Katz, Shlomo Biderman, & Gershon Greenberg, eds. / Oxford University Press

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

Winner:
A Guest in my Own Country: A Hungarian Life. George Konrad / Other Press
Finalists:
They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust. Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett / University of California Press
Marc Chagall. By Jonathan Wilson / Schocken Books-Nextbook

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Children's and Young Adult Literature

Winner:
Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel. Marv Wolfman, Mario Ruiz, and William Rubin / Nachshon Press

Finalists:
Hitler's Canary By Sandi Toksvig / Roaring Brook Press
A Shout in the Sunshine. By Mara Cohen Ioannides / Jewish Publication Society

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Contemporary Jewish Life & Practice

Winner:
Inventing Jewish Ritual. By Vanessa Ochs / Jewish Publication Society

Finalists:
Celebrating the Jewish Year. By Paul Steinberg / Jewish Publication Society
Jews & Judaism in the 21st Century: Human Responsibility, the Presence of God and the Future of the Covenant. By Rabbi Edward Feinstein / Jewish Lights Publishing

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Eastern European Studies
Ronald S. Lauder Award

Winner:
An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature: Two Centuries of Dual Identity in Prose and Poetry, Two-Volume Set. By Maxim D. Shrayer, ed. / M.E. Sharpe Publishers

Finalists:
My Dear Daughter: Rabbi Benjamin Slonik and the Education of Jewish Women in Sixteenth-Century Poland. By Edward Fram / Hebrew Union College Press
They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust. By Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett / University of California Press

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Fiction

Winner:
A Pigeon and a Boy. By Meir Shalev / Schocken Books

Finalists:
If You Awaken Love. By Emuna Elon / Toby Press
The Septembers of Shiraz. By Dalia Sofer / HarperCollins
Farewell, Shanghai By Angel Wagenstein / Other Press

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History
Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award
Winner:
Churchill's Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft. By Michael Makovsky / Yale University Press

Finalists:
Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present. By Michael B. Oren / W.W. Norton

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Holocaust
Winner:
Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State. By Götz Aly / Metropolitan Books

Finalists:
The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer / HarperCollins
Who Will Write our History?: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg. Shabes Archive. By Samuel D. Kassow / Indiana University Press


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Illustrated Children's Books
Louis Posner Memorial Award


Winner:
Even Higher. By Richard Ungar / Tundra Books of Northern New York

Finalists:
The Bedtime Sh'ma: A Good Night Book. Adapted by Sarah Gershman; Kristina Swarner, illus. / EKS Publishing

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Jewish Family Literature.
In Memory of Dorothy Kripke
Winner:
Power of Song: And Other Sephardic Tales by Rita Roth; Alexa Ginsburg, illus./ Jewish Publication Society

Finalists:
A Hanukkah Present By Mark Binder / Light Publications
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Modern Jewish Thought & Experience
Dorot Foundation Award In Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson

Winner:
My People's Prayer Book Series. By Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, ed. / Jewish Lights Publishing

Finalists:
Jews and Power. By Ruth R. Wisse / Schocken Books-Nextbook
Zion in the Desert: American Jews in Israel's Reform Kibbutzim By William F.S. Miles / State University of New York Press

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Poetry
Winner:
The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492 Peter Cole, ed. / Princeton University Press
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Special Recognition:
Collected Poems 1947-1997 By Allen Ginsberg / HarperCollins
Finalist:
Drunk from the Bitter Truth: The Poems of Anna Margolin By Anna Margolin; Shirley Kumove, trans./ed. / SUNY Press
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Reference
Winner:
The Cambridge History of Judaism, Vol. 4: The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period By Steven T. Katz, ed./ Cambridge University Press

Finalists:
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism By Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis / Llewellyn Worldwide
The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness By Robin Berman, Arthur Kurzweil, Dale L. Mintz / Jossey Bass Publishing
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Scholarship
Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award
Winner:
Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism by Moshe Idel / Continuum

Finalists:
What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution By Gerhard Sonnert and Gerald Holton / Palgrave Macmillan
Christ Killers: The Jews and the Passion from the Bible to the Big Screen By Jeremy Cohen / Oxford University Press
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Sephardic Culture
Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy
Winner:
Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews By Poopa Dweck / Ecco/HarperCollins

Finalists:
The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492 by Peter Cole, ed./ Princeton University Press
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Visual Arts
Winner:
Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel By Murray Zimiles / Brandeis University Press

Finalists:
Eva Hesse Sculpture By Elisabeth Sussman and Fred Wasserman / Yale University Press-The Jewish Museum
They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust. By Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett / University of California Press

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Women's Studies
Barbara Dobkin Award


Winner:
Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodation By Tova Hartman / Brandeis University Press

Finalists:
Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books By Ilana M. Blumberg / University of Nebraska Press
Tell Me Another Morning: An Autobiographical Novel. By Zdena Berger / Paris Press

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