71st National Jewish Book Awards Celebration
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Join Jewish Book Council and the winners of the 71st National Jewish Book Awards as we celebrate their accomplishments!
The virtual celebration will feature remarks from the 2021 winners live from their homes. See the full list of winners below:
- Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award: Dvora Hacohen, foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, To Repair a Broken World: The Life of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah (Harvard University Press)
- Mentorship Award In Honor of Carolyn Starman Hessel: Bonny V. Fetterman
- American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award: Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper, A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg (Yale University Press )
- Autobiography & Memoir The Krauss Family Award In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg: The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, Sherry Turkle (Penguin)
- Biography In Memory of Sara Berenson Stone: Dvora Hacohen, To Repair a Broken World: The Life of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah (Harvard University Press)
- Book Club Award The Miller Family Award in Memory of Helen Dunn Weinstein and June Keit Miller: Helene Wecker, The Hidden Palace (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Children’s Picture Book: Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe, Dear Mr. Dickens (Albert Whitman & Co.)
- Contemporary Jewish Life & Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award: Dara Horn, People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present (W. W. Norton & Company)
- Debut Fiction Goldberg Prize: Jai Chakrabarti, A Play for the End of the World (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Education & Jewish Identity In Memory of Dorothy Kripke: Simon J. Bronner, Jewish Cultural Studies (Wayne State University Press)
- Fiction JJ Greenberg Memorial Award: Joshua Cohen, The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family (New York Review Books)
- Food Writing & Cookbooks Jane and Stuart Weitzman Family Award: Ether David, Bene Appetit : The Cuisine of Indian Jews (HarperCollins Publishers India)
- History Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award: James McAuley, The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France (Yale University Press)
- Holocaust In Memory of Ernest W. Michel: Wendy Lower, The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed (Mariner Books (previously Houghton Mifflin Harcourt))
- Middle Grade Literature: Gordon Korman, Linked (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)
- Modern Jewish Thought & Experience Dorot Foundation Award In Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson: Erin Leib Smokler, Torah in a Time of Plague: Historical and Contemporary Jewish Responses (Ben Yehuda Press)
- Poetry Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash: Joy Ladin, The Book of Anna(EOAGH Books )
- Scholarship Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award: Katell Berthelot, Jews and Their Roman Rivals: Pagan Rome’s Challenge to Israel (Princeton University Press)
- Sephardic Culture Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy: Daniela Flesler and Adrián Pérez Melgosa, The Memory Work of Jewish Spain (Indiana University Press)
- Women’s Studies Barbara Dobkin Award: Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos (William Morrow International)
- Writing Based on Archival Material The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award: Jaclyn Granick, International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War (Cambridge University Press)
- Young Adult Literature: Lori Banov Kaufmann, Rebel Daughter (Delacorte Press/RHCB)
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. Learn more about the National Jewish Book Awards here.
Jewish Book Council is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the reading, writing, and publishing of Jewish literature. Engaging and educating authors and readers across the globe, Jewish Book Council’s goal is to enrich the connection to Jewish life and identity through literature and to create conversations with generations of readers across our Jewish communities. Read more about Jewish Book Council and its programs and resources here.