List of Jewish book award nominees


NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (JTA) – The following books have been nominated for the 51st annual National Jewish Book Awards. The awards will be presented March 29 in New York:


“Bad Jews,” by Gerald Shapiro (Zoland Books)

“Bee Season,” by Myla Goldberg (Doubleday)

“The Family Orchard,” by Nomi Eve (Alfred A. Knopf)

“The Human Stain,” by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)


“Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry,” by Samuel G. Freedman (Simon & Schuster)

“Life on the Fringes,” by Haviva Ner-David (JFL Publishing/Jewish Family & Life)

“One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate,” by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman (Metropolitan Books)


“Darkness over Denmark,” by Ellen Levine (Holiday House)

“The Day the Rabbi Disappeared,” by Howard Schwartz, illustrated by Monique Passicot (Viking)

“Fireflies in the Dark,” by Susan Rubin (Holiday House)

“Torn Thread,” by Anne Isaacs (Scholastic)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR (Sandra Brand/Arik Weinstein Award)

“False Papers,” by Robert Melson (University of Illinois Press)

“Motherland,” by Fern Chapman (Viking)

“A Scholar’s Odyssey,” by Cyrus H. Gordon (Society of Biblical Literature)

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (Louis Posner Memorial Award)

“Gershon’s Monster,” by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic)

“Moishe’s Miracle,” by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by David Slonim (HarperCollins)

“A Thread of Kindness,” by Leah Shollar, illustrated by Shoshana Mekibel (Hachai Publishers)


“Languages of Community. The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands,” by Hillel J. Kieval (University of California Press)

“The Litvaks: A Short History of the Jews in Lithuania,” by Dov Levin (Yad Vashem/Berghahn Books)

“The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage,” by Jeffrey Veidlinger (Indiana University Press)

“Rewriting the Jew: Assimilation Narratives in the Russian Empire,” by Gabriella Safran (Stanford University Press)

HISTORY (Gerrard and Ella Berman Philanthropic Award)

“First Words,” by Rosetta Loy (Metropolitan Books)

“The ‘Jewish Threat’: Anti-Semitic Politics of the U.S. Army,” by Joseph Bendersky (Basic Books)

“One Palestine, Complete,” by Tom Segev (Metropolitan Books)

HOLOCAUST (Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Award)

“The Catholic Church and the Holocaust,” by Michael Phayer (Indiana University Press)

“The Guilt of Nations,” by Elazar Barkan (W.W. Norton)

“Hitler’s Austria,” by Evan Burr Bukey (University of North Carolina Press)

“Troubled Memory,” by Lawrence N. Powell (University of North Carolina Press)

ISRAEL (Leon Jolson Award)

“The End of Days,” by Gershon Gorenberg (The Free Press)

“From Herzl to Rabin,” by Amnon Rubinstein (Holmes and Meier)

“Israelis and the Jewish Tradition,” by David Hartman (Yale University Press)

“One Palestine, Complete,” by Tom Segev (Metropolitan Books)


“Christianity in Jewish Terms,” Tikva Frymer-Kensky, et al, eds. (Westview Press)

“In My Brother’s Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith After the Holocaust,” by Eugene L. Pognay (Viking)

“Under His Very Windows,” by Susan Zuccotti (Yale University Press)


Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam, eds. (Oxford University Press)

Reader’s Guide to Judaism, Michael Terry, ed. (Fitzroy Dearborn)


“The Artless Jew,” by Kalman P. Bland (Princeton University Press)

“Jewish Enlightment in an English Key,” by David B. Ruderman (Princeton University Press)

“Menstrual Purity,” by Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert (Stanford University Press)

“The Modern Jewish Canon,” by Ruth R. Wisse (The Free Press)

SEPHARDIC-ASHKENAZIC CULTURE (Mimi Levy Award in Memory of Becky Levy)

“Goodbye, Evil Eye,” by Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer (Holmes and Meier)

“1000 Jewish Recipes,” by Faye Levy (Hungry Minds, formerly IDG Books Worldwide)

“Synagogues Without Jews,” by Rivka and Ben-Zion Dorfman (Jewish Publication Society)

SEPHARDIC STUDIES (Maurice S. Amado Award)

“In Queen Esther’s Garden,” by Vera Basch Moreen (Yale University Press)

“Reluctant Cosmopolitans,” by Daniel M. Swetschinski (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)

“Who Are the Jews of India?” by Nathan Katz (University of California Press)

THOUGHT (Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Meyerson)

To Be Announced

WOMEN’S STUDIES AWARD (Barbara Dobkin Award by Her Friends)

“Life on the Fringes,” by Haviva Ner-David (JFL Publishing/Jewish Family & Life)

“Reproducing Jews: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel,” by Susan Martha Kahn (Duke University Press)

“What Makes Women Sick?: Maternity, Modesty, and Militarism in Israel Society,” by Susan Sered (University Press of New England)

YIDDISH (Forward Association Award)

“The Dybbuk and the Yiddish Imagination: A Haunted Reader,” by Joachim Neugroschel (Syracuse University Press)

“The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage,” by Jeffrey Veidlinger (Indiana University Press)

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