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.

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The World That We Knew: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501137570
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

National Jewish Book Award for Book Club Award


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The World That We Knew: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501137587
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 1st, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Book Club Award


Naamah: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525536345
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction


Fly Already: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

National Jewish Book Award for Fiction


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Fly Already: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399573026
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Fiction


The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399181184
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 19th, 2020

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature


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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Autobiography/Memoir


How to Fight Anti-Semitism Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593136058
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Published: Crown - September 10th, 2019

National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practices


National Jewish Book Award for History 


America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358308
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Book of the Year


Antisemitism: Here and Now Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780805243376
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Published: Schocken - January 29th, 2019

National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity


The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780525434832
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Published: Vintage - March 10th, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust 


Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

National Jewish Book Award for Poetry


Jewish Cuisine in Hungary: A Cultural History with 83 Authentic Recipes Cover Image
By Andras Koerner (Editor)
$60.00
ISBN: 9789633862735
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Published: Central European University Press - March 20th, 2020

National Jewish Book Award for Food Writing and Cookbook


Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria Cover Image
$43.64
ISBN: 9781501739415
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Published: Cornell University Press - September 15th, 2019

National Jewish Book Award for Sephardic Culture