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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 March 9, 2010, 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]

The first awards went to a breakthrough that challenged the myth of silence after the Shoah; a sweeping biography of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis; a thrilling young adult novel based on the tragic voyage of the M.S. St. Louis; a bold prescriptive from the Senior Vice President of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem on how the Jewish people can save Israel; a rare glimpse into the lives of Jews from Arab countries who relocated to Israel; a beautiful, illustrated Bible for children; and more.

For the second year in a row, the masters of ceremony for the event were Ari L. Goldman and Alana Newhouse. Mr. Goldman, an author and former New York Times writer, is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Ms. Newhouse, an author and former Forward editor, is the Editor in Chief Chief of Tablet Magazine, which was nominated for a Magazine Award.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin opened the ceremony with a dvar on Chaham and lev, wisdom and heart. One needs both. The intellect must be applied to issues of the heart.

Over 400 books were entered into the awards review.

This year’s top honorees include Joseph Kertes, author of Gratitude: A Novel (Thomas Dunne Books), winner of the Fiction award, recently named in memory of the beloved JJ Greenberg; Hasia R. Diner, author of We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945 to 1962 (New York University Press),winner of the American Jewish Studies, Celebrate 350 Award; Melvin I. Urofsky, winner of the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of Year Award for Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Pantheon Books); Daniel Gordis, for Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End (John Wiley & Sons), winner of the Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice award. Ellen Frankel and Avi Katz of the Jewish Publication Society won the Louis Posner Memorial Award in Illustrated Children’s Books for the JPS Illustrated Children’s Bible.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, received the Dorot Foundation Award in memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson in Modern Jewish Thought & Experience for his brilliant work, Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible, Genesis: The Beginnings (Maggid Books (Koren Publisher), with the OU Press). The Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg Memorial Award in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir went to Dina Porat for The Fall of a Sparrow: The Life and Times of Abba Kovner (Stanford University Press); and Alicia Suskin Ostriker took home the top Poetry prize for The Book of Seventy (University of Pittsburgh Press).

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature award was received by Kim Ablon Whitney for The Other Half of Life: A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis (Knopf Books for Young Readers). The esteemed Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award in Scholarship goes to Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other by Judy Klitsner (Jewish Publication Society). Ayala Fader’s acclaimed book, Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn (Princeton University Press) won this year’s Barbara Dobkin Award in Women’s Studies. The Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy in Sephardic Culture award went to Rachel Shabi’s We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands (Walker & Company).

Additional winning works focused on such far-ranging topics as the Holocaust in the Soviet Union; innovative Jewish holiday celebrations; a stunning look at American art from 1940 to 1976, and more.

A complete list of winners and finalists of the 2009 National Jewish Book Awards Follows:

2009 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists
2009 Everett Family Foundation
Jewish Book of the Year Award
Louis D. Brandeis: A Life
Melvin I. Urofsky
Pantheon Books
September 2009, PANTHEON
This is 914 pages
I hurt my arm lugging it around. Hehe
But it is worth it.
I met the author in Washington DC; he worked a lifetime on this book.
If you are going to be American and be involved in political life and the law, you really need to read this. This is the first full-scale biography in 25 years of one of the most important members of the U.S. Supreme Court. It reveals Louis D. Brandeis as a reformer, lawyer, and jurist, filled with complexity, passion, and wit. Louis Dembitz Brandeis had at least four “careers.” As a lawyer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he pioneered how modern law is practiced. He, and others, developed the modern law firm, in which specialists manage different areas of the law. He was the author of the right to privacy; led the way in creating the role of the lawyer as counselor; and pioneered the idea of “pro bono publico” work by attorneys. As late as 1916, when Brandeis was nominated to the Supreme Court, the idea of pro bono service still struck many old-time attorneys as somewhat radical. Between 1895 and 1916, when Woodrow Wilson named Brandeis to the Supreme Court, he ranked as one of the nation’s leading progressive reformers. Brandeis invented savings bank life insurance in Massachusetts (he considered it his most important contribution to the public weal) and was a driving force in the development of the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the law establishing the Federal Trade Commission.
Brandeis as an economist and moralist warned in 1914 that banking and stock brokering must be separate, and twenty years later, during the New Deal, his recommendation was finally enacted into law (the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933) but was undone by Ronald Reagan, which led to the savings-and-loan crisis in the 1980s and the world financial collapse of 2008.
Brandeis came from a family of reformers and intellectuals who fled Europe and settled in Louisville Kentucky. Yes, Louisville and not Manhattan or Waltham. Brandeis went to Harvard Law School and convinced the school to admit him even though he was underage. In 1908, he defended an Oregon law that established maximum hours for female workers, and in so doing created an entirely new form of appellate brief that had only a few pages of legal citation and consisted mostly of factual references. Brandeis witnessed and suffered from the anti-Semitism rampant in the early twentieth century and, though not an observant Jew, with the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, became at age fifty-eight head of the American Zionist movement. During the next seven years, Brandeis transformed it from a marginal activity into a powerful force in American Jewish affairs.
You think Satomayer had it rough?? After Wilson named Brandeis to the SCOTUS, there was a SIX MONTH six-month confirmation battlein 1916. He was attacked as a “a striver,” “self-advertiser,” “a disturbing element in any gentleman’s club.” And you know what that is a CODE WORD for?? Even the president of Harvard, the school from which Brandeis graduated, A. Lawrence Lowell, signed a petition accusing Brandeis of lacking “judicial temperament.” And we see, finally, how, during his twenty-three years on the court, this giant of a man and an intellect developed the modern jurisprudence of free speech, the doctrine of a constitutionally protected right to privacy, and suggested what became known as the doctrine of incorporation, by which the Bill of Rights came to apply to the states.
Brandeis often said, “My faith in time is great.” Eventually the Supreme Court adopted every one of his dissents as the correct constitutional interpretation.
Your arm will get sore, but your brain and heart will thank you
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Jewish Book Council
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ruth Gruber
[book] Ahead of Time: My Early Years as a Foreign Correspondent (Wynwood)
Exodus 1947: The Ship That Launched a Nation (Crown)
Destination Palestine: The Story of the Haganah Ship Exodus, 1947 (Current Books)
Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America(Coward-McCann)
I Went To The Soviet Union (Viking Press)
Israel Today: Land of Many Nations (Hill and Wang)
Raquela: A Woman of Israel (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)
Rescue: The Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews (Atheneum)
Witness: One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story (Schocken Books)

Ms. Gruber was there. At age 98, she spoke at the dinner and then sat in the front row and received her award. She even signed a copy of her book for me. We should all be that active at age 98.

Ruth Gruber was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1911. She dreamed to be a writer and was encouraged by her parents to obtain higher education. At the age of 18 she received a fellowship to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1931, she studied in Cologne (Koln), Germany. She received a Ph.D in one year, becoming the youngest person in the world to receive a doctorate. She was friends with Virginia Woolf, and not afraid of her. While in Germany, Gruber witnessed Nazi rallies and after completing her studies and returning to America, she brought the awareness of the dangers of Nazism. In 1935, The New York Herald Tribune asked her to write a feature series about women under Fascism and Communism. While working for Herald Tribune, she became the first foreign correspondent to fly through Siberia into the Soviet Arctic. During World War II, Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes appointed Ruth Gruber as his Special Assistant. In this role, she carried out a study on the prospects of Alaska for homesteading G.I.s after the war. In 1944, she was assigned a secret mission to Europe to bring one thousand Jewish refugees and wounded American soldiers from Italy to the US. Gruber was the first journalist to enter newly established Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1946, The New York Post asked her to cover the work of a newly created Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine. The Committee was to decide the fate of 100,000 European Jewish refugees who were living in European camps as displaced persons (DP). Harry Truman pressed Great Britain to open the doors of British Mandate of Palestine. The committee's twelve members agreed that Britain should allow 100,000 Jewish immigrants to settle in Palestine. British foreign minister Ernest Bevin rejected the finding. Eventually the issue was taken up by the recently established United Nations, which appointed a Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). Gruber accompanied UNSCOP as a correspondent for the New York Herald. Gruber witnessed the Exodus 1947 ship entering the Haifa harbor after it was attacked by the Royal Navy while making an attempt to deliver 4,500 Jewish refugees. To meet the Exodus refugees Gruber flew to Cyprus, where she witnessed and photographed Jewish refugees detained by the British. In 1978 she spent a year in Israel writing Raquela: A Woman of Israel, about an Israeli nurse, Raquela Prywes, who worked in a British detention camp and in a hospital in Beersheba. This book won the National Jewish Book Award in 1979 for Best Book on Israel.

About her book, Witness, PW wrote, “Journalist Gruber, a Ph.D. at age 19, became an international correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune in 1935, launching a career that covered the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, the establishment of Israel and the first glimpse of Siberian gulags. Gruber has a charming, feminine perspective rare to the times; combined with her knack for (very) telling details, she makes a riveting storyteller. For instance, 1941 found Gruber in Alaska with troops preparing of the U.S.'s entry into WWII, and she captures their desperation expertly in a single quote from a teenaged soldier who visited her one morning: " 'Excuse me for bothering you. I'm so lonely. I only want to hear you laugh.' " Similarly, a planeful of Yemenite Jews emigrating to Israel in 1949 hides a thunderous story: "Because of years of starvation, (the Yemenites) were so tiny that the plane could hold twice as many Yemenites as Americans." Gruber also found herself a participant in history-making: at 33, she escorted 1,000 Jews from Europe to America; in a 1951 visit with refugees in Israel, Gruber admonished Prime Minister Ben Gurion for deplorable living conditions, prompting quick improvements. Complemented by a slew of Gruber's own photographs-which succinctly record the desolation and hope of the times-this life story makes for a fascinating journey. “

American Jewish Studies
Celebrate 350 Award
We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 By Hasia R. Diner (New York University Press)

Orthodox Jews in America. By Jeffrey S. Gurock (Indiana University Press)
Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class Eli Lederhendler (Cambridge University Press)
We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 By Hasia R. Diner (New York University Press). PW writes: An NYU professor of American Jewish history, Diner (The Jews of the United States, 1654–2000) sets out to refute what she contends is an accepted truth: that until the 1960s, American Jewry suffered from a self-imposed collective amnesia about the Holocaust. Diner marshals considerable evidence that American Jews were aware of the Holocaust and their culture was influenced by it, from their newspapers to youth movements, to whom speakers repeatedly invoked the Holocaust. They raised $45 million in 1945 alone to succor survivors in Europe. A 1952 commemorative Passover text from the American Jewish Congress was widely distributed and reprinted yearly in Jewish newspapers. Even Adolph Lerner's failed campaign to create a memorial in New York City demonstrates postwar American Jewish engagement with the Holocaust, Diner says. The 1961 publication of Yevtushenko's Babi Yar exposed both German barbarities and Soviet anti-Semitism. Diner's worthy, innovative, diligently researched work should spark controversy and meaningful dialogue among Holocaust scholars and in the Jewish community, but her vigorous defense of American Jews would pack more punch if she had devoted more space to the arguments she disputes

The book awards wrote the her book will profoundly alter the debate and discussion about post-War American Jewry.

Orthodox Jews in America. By Jeffrey S. Gurock of Yeshiva University was called a great story teller, and lauded for his masterful telling the tale of how Jews in America fashioned an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle that both mirrored and shaped their understanding of themselves as American Jews. Weaving together personal narratives, sermons, anecdotes, and social observations, Gurock relates the story of the variety of Orthodox behavior in America.

Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class Eli Lederhendler (Cambridge University Press). Lederhendler challendges much of what was thought about East European Jewish immigration to America. He argues that Jews brought little in the way of human capital with them from the Old World. He shows how the American Jewish experience has been unique. For him, it has been economics and not culture and identity that have propelled the Jewish story of immigration
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Anthologies and Collections:
Winner: Rethinking European Jewish History. By Jeremy Cohen and Moshe Rosman, eds. (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)

Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory: Zakor V'makor by David Cesarani, Tony Kushner, Milton Shain, eds. (Vallentine Mitchell)
Jewish Musical Modernism, Old and New By Philip V. Bohlman, ed. (University of Chicago Press)

In “Rethinking European Jewish History,” Editors Jeremy Cohen and Moshe Rosman relate that Europe has changed greatly in the last century. Political, social, and ideological transformations have not only redrawn the map of the continent but have rewoven the fabric of its culture. These changes have nourished widespread reassessment in European historical research: in terms of its presuppositions, its methodologies, its directions, its emphases, and its scope. The political boundaries between nations and states, along with the very concepts of 'nation' and 'boundary', have changed significantly, and the self-consciousness of ethnic minorities has likewise evolved in new directions. All these developments have affected how the Jews of Europe perceive themselves, and they help to shape the prism through which historians view the Jewish past. This volume looks at the Jewish past in the spirit of this reassessment. Part I reconsiders the basic parameters of the subject as well as some of its fundamental concepts, suggesting new assumptions and perspectives from which to conduct future study of European Jewish history. Topics covered here include periodization and the definition of geographical borders, antisemitism, gender and the history of Jewish women, and notions of assimilation. Part II is devoted to articulating the meaning of 'modernity' in the history of European Jewry and demarcating key stages in its crystallization. Contributors here reflect on the defining characteristics of a distinct early modern period in European Jewish history, the Reformation and the Jews, and the fundamental features of the Jewish experience in modern times. Parts III and IV present two scholarly conversations as case studies for the application of the critical and programmatic categories considered thus far: the complex web of relationships between Jews, Christians, and Jewish converts to Christianity (Conversos, New Christians, Marranos) in fifteenth-century Spain; and the impact of American Jewry on Jewish life in Europe in the twentieth century, at a time when the dominant trend was one of migration from Europe to the Americas. This timely volume suggests a new framework for the study of Jewish history and helps to contextualize it within the mainstream of historical scholarship. CONTRIBUTORS include: Ram Ben-Shalom, Miriam Bodian, Jeremy Cohen, Judah M. Cohen, David Engel, Gershon David Hundert, Paula Hyman, Maud Mandel, David Nirenberg, Moshe Rosman, David B. Ruderman, and Daniel Soyer
Jeremy Cohen holds the Abraham and Edita Spiegel Family Foundation Chair for European Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Director of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center between 2002 and 2005.

In Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory, there are twelve essays which analyze the concepts of history, migration, and geography, whether or voluntary, on a variety of Jewish communities and the effect on Jweish identity. These are based on issues discussed at a conference in 2005 on this same topic at the University of Cape Town.

Jewish Musical Modernism, Old and New By Philip V. Bohlman, ed. (University of Chicago Press) Tackles the myriad issues raised by Sander Gilman’s provocative opening salvo—”Are Jews Musical?”—this volume’s distinguished contributors present a series of essays that trace the intersections of Jewish history and music from the late nineteenth century to the present. Covering the sacred and the secular, the European and the non-European, and all the arenas where these realms converge, these essays recast the established history of Jewish culture and its influences on modernity. Mitchell Ash explores the relationship of Jewish scientists to modernist artists and musicians, while Edwin Seroussi looks at the creation of Jewish sacred music in nineteenth-century Vienna. Discussing Jewish musicologists in Austria and Germany, Pamela Potter details their contributions to the “science of music” as a modern phenomenon. Kay Kaufman Shelemay investigates European influence in the music of an Ethiopian Jewish community, and Michael P. Steinberg traces the life and works of Charlotte Salomon, whose paintings staged the destruction of the Holocaust. Bolstered by Philip V. Bohlman’s wide-ranging introduction and epilogue, and featuring lush color illustrations and a complementary CD of the period’s music, this volume is a lavish tribute to Jewish contributions to modernity.

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Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg
The Fall of a Sparrow: The Life and Times of Abba Kovner by Dina Porat; Elizabeth Yuval, trans. & ed. (Stanford University Press)

Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing by Steven J. Zipperstein (Yale University Press)
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America by Kati Marton (Simon & Schuster)
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Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Other Half of Life: A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis By Kim Ablon Whitney (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Cursing Columbus by Eve Tal (Cinco Puntos Press)
Clay Man: The Golem of Prague by Irene N. Watts; Kathryn E. Shoemaker, illus. (Tundra Books)
Lost By Jacqueline Davies (Marshall Cavendish)
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Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice
Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End by Daniel Gordis (John Wiley & Sons)

Far from Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community by Charles London (William Morrow)
Jewcentricity: Why the Jews Are Praised, Blamed, and Used to Explain Just About Everything by Adam Garfinkle (John Wiley & Sons)
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The JJ Greenberg Memorial Award
Named for the late son of Irving (Yitz) and Blue Greenberg
Gratitude: A Novel by Joseph Kertes (Thomas Dunne Books)

The Last Ember by Daniel Levin (Riverhead)
Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling (Knopf)
Polyglot: Stories of the West's wet edge by Wendy Marcus (Beth Am Press)
The Legend of Cosmo and the Archangel By Joseph Kaufman (French Creek Press)
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Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award
Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America By Beryl Satter (Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt and Company))

Jewish Property Claims Against Arab Countries Michael R. Fischbach (Columbia University Press)
Major Farran's Hat: The Untold Story of the Struggle to Establish the Jewish State by David Cesarani (Da Capo Press)
We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands By Rachel Shabi (Walker & Company)
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume 1. Geoffrey P. Megargee, volume editor (Indiana University Press)

The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak; Emma Harris, trans. (Yale University Press)
The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses By Stephen H. Norwood (Cambridge University Press)
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Illustrated Children’s Books
Louis Posner Memorial Award
JPS Illustrated Children's Bible Ellen Frankel; Avi Katz, illus. (Jewish Publication Society)

Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story by Deborah Bodin Cohen; Jago, illus. (Kar-Ben Publishing)
The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak by Tomek Bogacki (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

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Jewish Family Literature
In Memory of Dorothy Kripke
Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Spring and Summer Holidays: Passover, The Omer, Shavuot, Tisha b'Av By Paul Steinberg; Janet Greenstein Potter, ed. (Jewish Publication Society)

JPS Illustrated Children's Bible By Ellen Frankel; Avi Katz, illus. (Jewish Publication Society)
Sacred Parenting: Jewish Wisdom and Practical Guidance for Your Family’s Early Years by Elaine Rose Glickman (URJ Press)

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Modern Jewish Thought & Experience
Dorot Foundation Award In Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson
Covenant & Conversation, A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible, Genesis: The Book of Beginnings By Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth (Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers, with the OU Press (of the Orthodox Union))

Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar By Yael Unterman (Urim Publications)
The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg (Schocken Books) The Koren Sacks Siddur: A Hebrew/English Prayerbook By Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks (Koren Publishers)

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The Book of Seventy by Alicia Suskin Ostriker (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Ezekiel's Wheels by Shirley Kaufman (Copper Canyon Press)
Door to a Noisy Room by Peter Waldor (Alice James Books)
Stupid Hope: Poems by Jason Shinder (Graywolf Press)

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Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award
Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other By Judy Klitsner (Jewish Publication Society)

Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism by Rabbi Marc D. Angel (Jewish Lights Publishing)
The Invention of Hebrew by Seth L. Sanders (University of Illinois Press)

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Sephardic Culture
Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy
We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands By Rachel Shabi (Walker & Company)

Visual Arts
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 By Norman L. Kleeblatt, ed. (Yale University Press) Published in association with The Jewish Museum

Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater By Susan Tumarkin Goodman, with essays by Zvi Gitelman, Vladislav Ivanov, Jeffrey Veidlinger, and Benjamin Harshav (Yale University Press) Published in association with The Jewish Museum
Photographing the Jewish Nation: Pictures from S. AnSky's Ethnographic Expeditions By Eugene M. Avrutin, Valerii Dymshits, Alexander Ivanov, Alexander Lvov, Harriet Murav, and Alla Sokolova, eds. (Brandeis University Press)

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Women’s Studies
Barbara Dobkin Award
Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn By Ayala Fader (Princeton University Press)

Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism by Dvora E. Weisberg (Brandeis University Press)
Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America by Keren R. McGinity (New York University Press)
Meneket Rivkah: A Manual of Wisdom and Piety for Jewish Women. Original text by Rivkah bat Meir; Translated from the original Yiddish to German, with introduction and commentary by Frauke Von Rohden (Jewish Publication Society)

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Writing Based on Archival Material
The JDC - Herbert Katzki Award
The Holocaust in the Soviet Union by Yitzhak Arad; Ora Cummings, trans. (University of Nebraska Press and Yad Vashem)

A prize rewarding emerging writers whose words demonstrate a fresh vision and promise of future to the Jewish lexicon
Sarah Abrevaya Stein. PLUMES: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce (Yale)
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