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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, 2011, 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]

For the third 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 of Tablet Magazine.

[book] [book] [book] The first award went to Cynthia Ozick. Acclaimed for her many works of fiction and criticism, Cynthia Ozick was honored with the Jewish Book Council Lifetime Achievement Award. Ozick was a National Book Award Finalist for her novel The Puttermesser Papers. Her essay collection, Quarrel & Quandary, won the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and her novel, Heir to the Glimmering World, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her classic novella, The Shawl, was produced for the stage in New York, directed by Sidney Lumet. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes, and in 2008 Ozick was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award and the PEN/Malamud Award. Her sixth novel, Foreign Bodies, was published in fall 2010.

[pjlibrarylogo] The Jewish Book Council bestowed its IMPACT Award on Harold Grinspoon, for his commitment to Jewish literacy and growth through the PJ Library Program, which he created to introduce children to Jewish literature and support them and their families on their Jewish journey. The PJ Library program sends nearly 70,000 Jewish children’s books free to families with young children each month in 130 communities in North America. Through the PJ Library program, Grinspoon has established a rich foundation of Jewish literature that will influence today’s youth in the years ahead.

[book] The Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award will be given to journalist and author Gal Beckerman for his book, When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone: the Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which tells the story behind the rescue of three million Jews trapped inside the Soviet Union at the end of World War II.

American Jewish Studies
Celebrate 350 Award
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The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Princeton University Press) Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman

Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora (Indiana University Press) Rebecca Kobrin

Anthologies and Collections
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The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge University Press) Judith R. Baskin and Kenneth Seeskin, eds.

Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging (Brandeis University Press/UPNE) Derek Rubin, ed.
Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Jews at Home: The Domestication of Identity (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) Simon J. Bronner, ed.

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg
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Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company) Ruth Harris

The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (The Toby Press) Yehuda Avner
Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press) Abigail Green
Backing Into Forward (Nan A. Talese/Random House) Jules Feiffer

Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Haya Leah Molnar

Rabbi Harvey vs. The Wisdom Kid: A Graphic Novel of Dueling Jewish Folktales in the Wild West (Jewish Lights Publishing) Steve Sheinkin
The Orphan Rescue (Second Story Press) Anne Dublin
An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group) Elaine Marie Alphin

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice
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Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) Martin Fletcher

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (Random House) Judith Shulevitz
Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (The Alban Institute) Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman

Education and Jewish Identity [book] [book] [book]

Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (The Alban Institute) Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman

Ramah at 60: Impact and Innovation (National Ramah Commission) Mitchell Cohen, Jeffrey S. Kress, eds.
Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century (Brandeis University Press/UPNE) Jack Wertheimer

JJ Greenberg Memorial Award
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To the End of the Land (Knopf/Random House) David Grossman; Jessica Cohen, trans.

The Invisible Bridge (Knopf/Random House) Julie Orringer
The Instructions (McSweeney’s) Adam Levin
Nemesis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Philip Roth

Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award
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Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History (Princeton University Press) David B. Ruderman

Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex (Jewish Publication Society) Hayim Tawil and Bernard Schneider
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (The Toby Press) Yehuda Avner
Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidim (Brandeis University Press/UPNE) David Assaf

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Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp (W. W. Norton & Company) Christopher R. Browning

The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press) Daniel Blatman; Chaya Galai, trans.
The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust (Yad Vashem Publishers) Guy Miron and Shlomit Shulhani, eds.

Illustrated Children’s Books
Louis Posner Memorial Award

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The Rooster Prince of Breslov (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Ann Redisch Stampler; Eugene Yelchin, illus.

Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book (EKS Publishing) Adapted by Sarah Gershman; Kristina Swarner, illus.
Feivel's Flying Horses (Kar-Ben Publishing) Heidi Smith Hyde; Johanna van der Sterre, illus

Modern Jewish Thought & Experience
Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson

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The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot: The Complete Tisha B'Av Service with Commentary by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Koren Publishers Jerusalem and the Orthodox Union) Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life (Simon & Schuster) David Hazony
Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light On The Sabbath And Holidays From Rabbi Abraham Kook (Urim Publications) Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Outstanding Debut Fiction
Foundation for Jewish Culture's Goldberg Prize

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Rich Boy (TWELVE Books/Hachette) Sharon Pomerantz

Displaced Persons (William Morrow/HarperCollins) Ghita Schwarz

Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award

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From Continuity to Contiguity: Toward a New Jewish Literary Thinking (Stanford University Press) Dan Miron

Yehuda Halevi (Schocken Books/Nextbook Press) Hillel Halkin
Glory and Agony: Isaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative (Stanford University Press) Yael S. Feldman
The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, And Ecclesiastes: A Translation With Commentary (W. W. Norton & Company) Robert Alter
Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution (University of California Press) Jeremy Stolow

Sephardic Culture
The Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy
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Yehuda Halevi (Schocken Books/Nextbook Press) Hillel Halkin

The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford University Press) Marc David Baer

Women’s Studies
Barbara Dobkin Award


Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History Shulamit Magnus won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award’s Barbara Dobkin Award for Pauline Wengeroff’s Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Volume One. Magnus’ unabridged translation and annotated, critical edition of the memoir won in the women’s studies category. The Barbara Dobkin Award honors a woman who is a leading figure in Jewish philanthropy and an outspoken advocate for Jewish women's rights. The award was established by Barbara Dobkin's friends, who wish to honor her extraordinary devotion to this cause.

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