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2015 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Jewish Week theatre critic Ted Merwin was named winner of the 2015 Jewish Book Award in the category of  Education and Jewish Identity for  “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” a well–researched and lively work of cultural history.

Courtesy NYU Press

New Life For Jewish Book Council Journal

Trove now available as digital archive.

12/08/2015 - 19:00

A treasure trove of American Jewish literary news and opinion spanning the second half of the 20th century is now available as a free digital archive.

Meet The New ‘Jewish Oprah’

Naomi Firestone-Teeter is the new executive director of the Jewish Book Council.

04/20/2015 - 20:00

On April 1, Naomi Firestone-Teeter became executive director of the Jewish Book Council, which promotes the reading, writing, publishing and distribution of English-language Jewish books. Firestone-Teeter, whose predecessor Carolyn Hessel has been called “the Jewish Oprah” for her success at promoting books, has been working her way up in the organization since graduating from Emory University in 2006, serving most recently as its associate director. JTA recently caught up by email with the 31-year-old exec. The interview has been condensed and edited.

Naomi Firestone-Teeter is new exec at Jewish Book Council.  JTA

Ayelet Tsabari Wins Rohr Prize

Ayelet Tsabari has been named this year’s winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her collection of stories, “The Best Place on Earth.” The award, recognizing an emerging writer, carries a cash prize of $100,000.

Ayelet Tsabari. Photo by Elsin Davidi

‘Love Me, Love My Book’

A personal account of a two-minute pitch that can catapult or sink an author.

06/04/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

It’s every author’s dream. And nightmare.

The chance to address several hundred people from around the country who, deeply attentive, have come to New York for three days and one purpose — to find speakers for their local Jewish community book fairs, sisterhood luncheons and other cultural programs.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israel-Diaspora Bonds A Theme At Book Council Awards

Longtime director Carolyn Hessel to step down next year

03/18/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

‘Today, many American Jewish are falling out of love with an Israel they don’t know,” observed Yossi Klein Halevi, winner of the Jewish Book Council’s grand prize, on receiving his award at the organization’s annual ceremony March 5 at the Center for Jewish History.

Yossi Klein Halevi: American Jews fell in love, and out of love, with “an Israel they didn’t know.”

National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Yossi Klein Halevi’s “Like Dreamers” was named the 2013 Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council. The National Jewish Book Awards were announced in 17 categories, with Klein and other Israelis winning key prizes.

Jewish Book Council Announces 2014 Sami Rohr Finalists

10/06/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish Book Council has announced the 2014 finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, among them a study of how newcomers learn to become Orthodox; a look at Jewish culture in pre-state Palestine and the story of the struggle over the Aleppo Codex.

History Of New York Jews Tops Jewish Book Awards

Nobel winner Eric R. Kandel winds LIfetime Achievement Award
01/16/2013 - 19:00

A three-volume study of New York's highly influential Jewish community won top honors in the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards, announced on Wednesday.

"City Of Promises: A History of the Jews Of New York," edited by Deborah Dash Moore, won the Evereett Family Foundation's Jewish Book of the Year Award, which is bestowed by the New York-based Jewish Book Council.

The work includes conributions from Howard B. Rock, Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer and Jeffrey S. Gurock with a visual essay by Diana L. Linden. The book was published by New York University Press.

"City Of Promises," the 2012 Jewish Book Of The Year

National Jewish Book Award Winners Announced

In this season of awards, the Jewish Book Council announced the winners of its 2012 National Jewish Book Awards, recognizing a range of new and established authors.

Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel was named the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Columbia University professor is the author of “In Search of Memory” (Norton).
 

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