Natan Notable Books
Natan Notable Books is a twice-yearly award for nonfiction books on Jewish themes. Natan Notable Books highlights vital books and authors, and brings innovative and important ideas to the attention of diverse audiences.
Around Passover and the Jewish High Holidays, Natan selects a“Natan Notable Book,” a recently-published or about-to-be published non-fiction title that will catalyze conversations aligned with the themes of Natan’s grantmaking: reinventing Jewish life and community for the twenty-first century, shifting notions of individual and collective Jewish identity, the history and future of Israel, and the evolving relationship between Israel and world Jewry.
Natan Notable Book winners receive a Natan Notable Book seal and $5,000 for the author, marketing/distribution coaching and promotion from Jewish Book Council and Natan, and customized support designed to bring the book and/or the author to new audiences.
The Natan Notable Books Committee is made up of Natan members and partners. An Advisory Committee made up of journalists, scholars, media figures, and former Book Award winners and finalists nominate books for consideration. Publishers and authors can also submit books for consideration.
Submission details can be found below.
*Read about the Fall 2020 winner here.*
Natan Notable Books is a new iteration of what had previously been called the Natan Book Award.
Joshua C. Block
Frank Foer, co-chair
Tali Rosenblatt-Cohen, co-chair
Sarah Gould Steinhardt
Jeremy Dauber (2018 Natan Book Award Finalist)
Matti Friedman (2018 Natan Book Award winner)
Ilana Kurshan (2018 Natan Book Award Finalist)
James Loeffler (2018 Natan Book Award Finalist)
Building a Conversation
Spies of No Country is an important book … Americans are not accustomed to hearing about Israel’s complexity, or its diversity.
– “ ‘Spies Of No Country’ Offers Nuanced Understanding Of Israel’s Complexity” (NPR)
The rich history of Eastern Jews, including the critical role they played in establishing the State of Israel, should not be minimized or erased …Thankfully, Friedman’s groundbreaking book provides a vital example of how to avoid just that.
– “Mizrahi Jewish spies built Israel, their descendants meet racism there” (The Jerusalem Post)
Friedman [rectifies] a moral and historical wrong when he calls our attention to the four young men whom we come to know so well and admire so much in the pages of “Spies of No Country.”
– “Forgotten ‘Spies’ Finally Get Their Due” (Jewish Journal)
Natan inspires philanthropists to become actively engaged in building the Jewish future by giving collaboratively to cutting-edge initiatives in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world. Natan believes that educated, engaged, and entrepreneurial philanthropy can transform both givers and grant recipients. Natan is a giving circle — a grantmaking foundation where members pool their charitable contributions, set the group’s philanthropic strategy and agenda, and collectively award grants to emerging initiatives, working actively with their leaders to help them grow. We believe that educated, engaged, and entrepreneurial philanthropy can transform both givers and grant recipients. Learn more about Natan here.