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Michael Chabon, Daniel Gordis win National Jewish Book Awards



Daniel Gordis

(JTA) – Michael Chabon and Daniel Gordis are among the winners of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards.

Gordis’ book Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn won the Jewish Book of the Year award, the Jewish Book Council announced Wednesday, Jan. 11.

A Conservative rabbi, Gordis is senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem, where he has lived since 1998.

Chabon, who lives in Berkeley, California, was honored with a Modern Jewish Literary Achievement Award for books that include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. His latest novel is the semi-autobiographical Moonglow, which draws on memories of his family.

CAP: Michael Chabon


Here are the other winners:

American Jewish Studies:
Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food
by Roger Horowitz


Anthologies and Collections:
Makers of Jewish Modernity: Thinkers, Artists, Leaders, and the World They Made
edited by Jacques Picard, Jacques Revel, Michael P. Steinberg and Idith Zertal


Biography, Autobiography and Memoir:
But You Did Not Come Back
by Marceline Loridan-Ivens


Book Club Award:
And After the Fire
by Lauren Belfer


Children’s Literature:
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy
illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley


Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice: Changing the World from the Inside Out:
A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change
by Rabbi David Jaffe


Debut Fiction:
Anna and the Swallow Man
by Gabriel Savit


Education and Jewish Identity:
Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations
by Mike Uram


The Gustav Sonata
by Rose Tremain


The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel
by Uri Bar-Joseph


Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World
by Michael Bazyler


Modern Jewish Thought and Experience:
Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque
by Miriam Udel


Almost Complete Poems
by Stanley Moss


Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response 1391-1392
by Benjamin R. Gampel


Sephardic Culture:
Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century
by Sarah Abrevaya Stein


Women’s Studies:
The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate
edited by Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr and Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf


Writing Based on Archival Material:
Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece
by Devin E. Naar


Young Adult:
On Blackberry Hill
by Rachel Mann

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