2010 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

The Jewish Book Council crowned Gal Beckerman's "When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry" the Jewish Book of the Year today, as it also named winners in 15 other categories for the 2010 National Jewish Book Awards.

Given annually since 1948, the Jewish Book Awards recognize outstanding books on Jewish topics each year in sixteen different categories, including debut fiction, scholarship, biography and Holocaust. Additionally, special awards will be bestowed this year upon Cynthia Ozick, Gal Beckerman, and Harold Grinspoon.

A gala award ceremony will be held on March 9 at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan to honor this year's winners. Masters of ceremony for the event are Ari. L. Goldman, author and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine.

The complete list of award winners is as follows:

Everett Family Foundation
Jewish Book of the Year Award

When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Gal Beckerman

Jewish Book Council

Harold Grinspoon

Jewish Book Council
Lifetime Achievement Award

Cynthia Ozick

American Jewish Studies
Celebrate 350 Award

The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Princeton University Press)
Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman


Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora (Indiana University Press)
Rebecca Kobrin

Anthologies and Collections

The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge University Press)
Judith R. Baskin and Kenneth Seeskin, eds.


Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging (Brandeis University Press/UPNE)
Derek Rubin, ed.

Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Jews at Home: The Domestication of Identity (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)
Simon J. Bronner, ed.

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
In Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg

Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company)
Ruth Harris


The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (The Toby Press)
Yehuda Avner

Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)
Abigail Green

Backing Into Forward
(Nan A. Talese/Random House)
Jules Feiffer

Children's and Young Adult Literature

Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Haya Leah Molnar

Rabbi Harvey vs. The Wisdom Kid: A Graphic Novel of Dueling Jewish Folktales in the Wild West (Jewish Lights Publishing)
Steve Sheinkin

The Orphan Rescue (Second Story Press)
Anne Dublin

An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank
(Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)
Elaine Marie Alphin

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice

Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation (Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan)
Martin Fletcher

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (Random House)
Judith Shulevitz

Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (The Alban Institute)
Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman

Education and Jewish Identity

Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (The Alban Institute)
Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman

at 60: Impact and Innovation (National Ramah Commission)
Mitchell Cohen, Jeffrey S. Kress, eds.

Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century
(Brandeis University Press/UPNE)
Jack Wertheimer

JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

To the End of the Land (Knopf/Random House)
David Grossman; Jessica Cohen, trans.


The Invisible Bridge (Knopf/Random House)
Julie Orringer

The Instructions (McSweeney's)
Adam Levin

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Philip Roth

Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award

Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History (Princeton University Press)
David B. Ruderman

Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex (Jewish Publication Society)
Hayim Tawil and Bernard Schneider

The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
(The Toby Press)
Yehuda Avner

Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidim (Brandeis University Press/UPNE)
David Assaf


Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp (W. W. Norton & Company)
Christopher R. Browning

The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)
Daniel Blatman; Chaya Galai, trans.

The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust
(Yad Vashem Publishers)
Guy Miron and Shlomit Shulhani, eds.

Illustrated Children's Books
Louis Posner Memorial Award

The Rooster Prince of Breslov (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Ann Redisch Stampler; Eugene Yelchin, illus.

Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book (EKS Publishing)
Adapted by Sarah Gershman; Kristina Swarner, illus.

Feivel's Flying Horses (Kar-Ben Publishing)
Heidi Smith Hyde; Johanna van der Sterre, illus

Modern Jewish Thought & Experience
Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson

The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot: The Complete Tisha B'Av Service with Commentary by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Koren Publishers Jerusalem and the Orthodox Union)
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik


The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life
(Simon & Schuster)
David Hazony

Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light On The Sabbath And Holidays From Rabbi Abraham Kook (Urim Publications)
Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Outstanding Debut Fiction
Foundation for Jewish Culture's Goldberg Prize


Rich Boy (TWELVE Books/Hachette)
Sharon Pomerantz


Displaced Persons (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
Ghita Schwarz

Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award


From Continuity to Contiguity: Toward a New Jewish Literary Thinking
(Stanford University Press)
Dan Miron

Yehuda Halevi (Schocken Books/Nextbook Press)
Hillel Halkin

Glory and Agony: Isaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative (Stanford University Press)
Yael S. Feldman

The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, And Ecclesiastes: A Translation With Commentary
(W. W. Norton & Company)
Robert Alter

Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution (University of California Press)
Jeremy Stolow

Sephardic Culture
Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy

Yehuda Halevi (Schocken Books/Nextbook Press)
Hillel Halkin

The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford University Press)
Marc David Baer

Women's Studies
Barbara Dobkin Award

Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Volume One (Stanford University Press)
Pauline Wengeroff; Shulamit S. Magnus, trans.

In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
Lori Hope Lefkovitz

A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press)
Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn, Rachel Kranson, eds.

Writing Based on Archival Material
The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award

The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Random House)
Jonathan Schneer


Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices (TWELVE Books/Hachette)
Noah Feldman

Syrian Jewry in Transition, 1840-1880 (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)
Yaron Harel; Dena Ordan, trans.