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.

Awards are pre­sent­ed in over eigh­teen cat­e­gories, and the win­ning authors are cel­e­brat­ed at an annu­al gala in the year fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the books under con­sid­er­a­tion. Past notable win­ners include Chaim Grade, Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt, Bernard Mala­mud, Michael Oren, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel, Jonathan Safran Foer, Deb­o­rah Dash Moore, and Sandy Eisen­berg Sasso.

2020 Sub­mis­sions Are Closed

2020 Winners

Men­tor­ship Award
Deb­o­rah Harris
Direc­tor of The Deb­o­rah Har­ris Agency

2020 Judges

Mich­lean Amir

Yaron Ayalon

Nan­cy Bachrach

Judith Baskin

Eli­she­va Baumgarten

Ruth Behar

Elisa Spun­gen Bildner

Mijal Bit­ton

Elli Bloomberg

Robert Bress­man

Tra­cy Brown

Avi­va L. Brown

Susan Caller

Ezra Cap­pell

Rab­bi Carie Carter

Michael Cohen

Seth Cohen

Ellen Cole

Alli­son Davis

Jonathan Fass

Geri Gin­dea

Ezra Glin­ter

Dar­ra Goldstein

Rab­bi Isaa­ma Goldstein-Stoll

Joy Green­berg

Blu Green­berg

Tul­ly Harcsztark

Jay M. Harris

Eli Havivi

Tali Heren­stein

Car­o­livia Herron

Miri­am Holmes

Rita Jacobs

Robin Jacob­son

Alan Kadish

Marc Katz

Sharon Keller

Jonathan Kirsch

Rebec­ca Kobrin

Carmel Krauss

Sacha Lamb

Faye Lan­des

Fred Lazin

Lau­ren Lerner

Lin­da Levi

Fred Lev­ick

Sheri Levin

Judith Lieber­man

Karen Med­wed

Eri­ka Meitner

Joshua Mikutis

Mike Miller

Deb­by Miller

Yair Mintzk­er

Lisa Moses-Leff

Karen Moss

Devin Naar

Bev­er­ly Nadel

Pam Nadell

Amy Oringel

Zib­by Owens

Avi­noam Patt

Annie Pol­land

Shari Rabin

Deb­o­rah Rabner

Ethel Rackin

Dana Rauch­er

Robert Rifkind

Isabelle Rohr

Judith Rosen­baum

Matthue Roth

Isa­iah Rothstein

Amelia Salts­man

Jonathan Sar­na

Shi­ra Schindel

Emi­ly Schneider

Jason Schnei­der­man

Rachel Schultz

Lacey Schwartz

Amir Sha­viv

Karen Shawn

Bill Shul­man

Lisa Sil­ver­man

Rena Singer

Bri­an Smollett

Amy Spun­gen

Lil­ian Stern

Darin Strauss

Cathy Suss­man

Regi­na Tapoohi

Shel­by Tauber

Susan Tour­ial

Michael Twit­ty

Mike Uram

Jane Weitz­man

Lenore Weitz­man

Alan Wiener

Mol­ly Yeh

Jef­frey Yoskowitz

Maayan Zik

Etta Zim­mer­man

Nam­ing Opportunities

There are nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the fol­low­ing award categories

  • Mid­dle Grade Literature
  • Visu­al Arts
  • Young Adult Literature

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties call Nao­mi Fire­stone-Teeter at (212) 2012921.