National Jewish Book Awards

The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.

The National Jewish Book Awards program began in 1950 when the Jewish Book Council presented awards to authors of Jewish books at its annual meeting. The first book awarded the prize was Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Harry Austryn Wolfson. Among the past notable literary winners are Sonia Levitin, Howard Fast, Chaim Grade, Samuel Heilman, John Hersey, Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, Chaim Potok, Arthur A. Cohen, Philip Roth, I.B. Singer, Michael Chabon, Lauren Belfer, and Elie Wiesel.

In addition to the category awards, every year since 2002, one non-fiction book has been selected as the winner of the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. The last winner was Daniel Gordis. With such prominent, influential thinkers participating in the program, the awards have a significant impact on American Jewish cultural life.

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature is an annual prize awarded by the Jewish Book Council to an outstanding literary work of Jewish interest.

Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541675315
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Published: Basic Books - September 1st, 2020

NJB 2020: JEWISH BOOK OF THE YEAR 

NJB 2020: MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT & EXPERIENCE


NJB 2020: AMERICAN JEWISH STUDIES

NJB 2020: HISTORY

NJB 2020: WOMEN STUDIES


When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982106386
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Published: Scribner - November 3rd, 2020

NJB 2020: AUTOBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR


From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History Cover Image
$36.74
ISBN: 9780814345108
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Published: Wayne State University Press - March 10th, 2020

NJB 2020: BIOGRAPHY


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The Lost Shtetl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062991126
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Published: HarperVia - October 13th, 2020

NJB 2020: BOOK CLUB


Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Susan Gal (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898829
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Published: Charlesbridge - January 28th, 2020

NJB 2020: CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK


Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300249989
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Published: Yale University Press - September 22nd, 2020

NJB 2020: CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE & PRACTICE


Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982132460
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

NJB 2020: DEBUT FICTION


Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps Cover Image
$32.14
ISBN: 9780813588735
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Published: Rutgers University Press - July 17th, 2020

NJB 2020: EDUCATION & JEWISH IDENTITY


Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981933
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Published: Random House Trade - February 2nd, 2021

NJB 2020: FICTION


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The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family's Desperate Plea for Help Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781684511907
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Published: Regnery History - June 8th, 2021

NJB 2020: HOLOCAUST


The Blackbird Girls Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984837370
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Published: Puffin Books - January 19th, 2021

NJB 2020: MIDDLE GRADE LITERATURE


Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism Cover Image
$49.94
ISBN: 9780691192857
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 17th, 2020

NJB 2020: SCHOLARSHIP


Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781503613218
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Published: Stanford University Press - August 25th, 2020

NJB 2020: SEPHARDIC CULTURE


Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth Cover Image
$51.25
ISBN: 9780674240933
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harvard University Press - January 28th, 2020

NJB 2020: WRITING BASED ON ARCHIVAL MATERIAL


The Way Back Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894625
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 17th, 2020

NJB 2020: YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE