Since 1950, the Jewish Book Council has awarded Jewish literary awards to more than 700 books. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding literature in the field and aim to encourage authors to continue to write on themes of Jewish interest.
Inaugurated in 1950, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program of its kind and is recognized as the most prestigious. The Awards are intended to recognize authors, and encourage reading, of outstanding English-language books of Jewish interest.
In 2006, in celebration of Sami Rohr’s eightieth birthday, his children and grandchildren inaugurated the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature to honor his lifelong love of Jewish books. This annual prize recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience.