Inau­gu­rat­ed in 1950, the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards is the longest-run­ning North Amer­i­can awards pro­gram of its kind and is rec­og­nized as the most pres­ti­gious. The Awards are intend­ed to rec­og­nize authors, and encour­age read­ing, of out­stand­ing Eng­lish-lan­guage books of Jew­ish interest.

Awards are pre­sent­ed in over eigh­teen cat­e­gories, and the win­ning authors are cel­e­brat­ed at an annu­al gala in the year fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the books under con­sid­er­a­tion. Past notable win­ners include Chaim Grade, Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt, Bernard Mala­mud, Michael Oren, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel, Jonathan Safran Foer, Deb­o­rah Dash Moore, and Sandy Eisen­berg Sasso.

2021 Sub­mis­sions Are Open

2021 Winners

2021 Judges

David Adj­mi

Mar­jorie Agosin

Adi­na Applebaum

Nan­cy Bachrach

Aman­da Beck­en­stein Mbuvi

Ruth Behar

Tifer­et Barenbaum

Elisa Spun­gen Bildner

Mijal Bit­ton

Tra­cy Brown

Avi­va L. Brown

Susan Caller

Ezra Cap­pell

Rab­bi Carie Carter

Rena Cit­rin

Seth Cohen

Ellen Cole

Alli­son Davis

Mitchell Davis

Aman­da Dell

Rachel DeWoskin

Zev Eleff

Jonathan Fass

David Fish­man

Jane Ger­ber

Geri Gin­dea

Dar­ra Goldstein

Joy Green­berg

Blu Green­berg

Jef­frey Gurock

Avi­gay­il Halpern

Tul­ly Harcsztark

Eli Havivi

Tali Heren­stein

Car­o­livia Herron

Miri­am Holmes

Rita Jacobs

Robin Jacob­son

Alan Kadish

Marc Katz

Sharon Keller

Jonathan Kirsch

Rebec­ca Kobrin

Leah Koenig

Arielle Kor­man

Rachel Kran­son

Carmel Krauss

Sacha Lamb

Faye Lan­des

Fred Lazin

Lin­da Levi

Fred Lev­ick

Sheri Levin

Judith Lieber­man

Karen Med­wed

Sami­ra Mehta

Eri­ka Meitner

Joshua Mikutis

Deb­by Miller

Lisa Moses-Leff

Karen Moss

Devin Naar

Bev­er­ly Nadel

Pam Nadell

Amy Oringel

Deb­o­rah Rabner

Ethel Rackin

Dana Rauch­er

Lev Rosen

Judith Rosen­baum

Matthue Roth

Moriel Roth­man-Zech­er

Isa­iah Rothstein

Amelia Salts­man

Jason Schnei­der­man

Rachel Schultz

Lacey Schwartz

Amir Sha­viv

Karen Shawn

Lisa Sil­ver­man

Bri­an Smollett

Amy Spun­gen

Lil­ian Stern

Darin Strauss

Cathy Suss­man

Regi­na Tapoohi

Shel­by Tauber

Mag­da Teter

Susan Tour­ial

Tevi Troy

Mike Uram

Dov Weiss

Jane Weitz­man

Lenore Weitz­man

Alan Wiener

Jane Yolen

Jef­frey Yoskowitz

Maayan Zik

Etta Zim­mer­man

Nam­ing Opportunities

There are nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the fol­low­ing award categories

  • Mid­dle Grade Literature
  • Visu­al Arts
  • Young Adult Literature

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties call Nao­mi Fire­stone-Teeter at (212) 2012921.