The 2007 National Jewish Book Awards

Published January 16, 2008, issue of January 18, 2008.
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Below are the winners of the 2007 National Jewish Book Awards:

Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award
“How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now”
By James L. Kugel
Free Press

The Jewish Book Council Lifetime Achievement Award
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

American Jewish Studies (Celebrate 350 Award)
“Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America”
By Edward K. Kaplan
Yale University Press

Anthologies and Collections
“Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal”
Michael Fineberg, Shimon Samuels and Mark Weitzman, eds.
Vallentine Mitchell

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir (In Memory of Simon Goldberg & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg)
“A Guest in my Own Country: A Hungarian Life”
By George Konrad
Other Press

Children’s and Young Adult Literature
“Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel”
By Marv Wolfman, Mario Ruiz, and William Rubin
Nachshon Press

Contemporary Jewish Life & Practice
“Inventing Jewish Ritual”
By Vanessa Ochs
Jewish Publication Society

Eastern European Studies (Ronald S. Lauder Award)
“An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature: Two-Centuries of Dual Identity in Prose And Poetry, Two-Volume Set”
Maxim D. Shrayer. ed.
M.E. Sharpe Publishers

Fiction
“A Pigeon and a Boy”
By Meir Shalev
Schocken Books

History (Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award)
“Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft”
By Michael Makovsky
Yale University Press

Holocaust
“Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State”
By Götz Aly
Henry Holt and Company

Illustrated Children’s Books (Louis Posner Memorial Award)
“Even Higher”
By Richard Ungar
Tundra Books of Northern New York

Jewish Family Literature (In Memory of Dorothy Kripke)
“Power of Song: And Other Sephardic Tales”
By Rita Roth; Alexa Ginsburg, illus.
Jewish Publication Society

Modern Jewish Thought & Experience (Dorot Foundation Award In memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson)
“My People’s Prayer Book Series”
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, ed.
Jewish Lights Publishing

Poetry
“The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492”
Peter Cole, ed.
Princeton University Press

Reference
“The Cambridge History of Judaism, Vol. 4: The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period”
Steven T. Katz, ed.
Cambridge University Press

Scholarship (Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award)
“Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism”
By Moshe Idel
Continuum

Sephardic Culture (Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy)
“Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews”
By Poopa Dweck
Ecco

Visual Arts
“Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel”
By Murray Zimiles
Brandeis University Press

Women’s Studies (Barbara Dobkin Award)
“Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodation”
By Tova Hartman
University Press of New England


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