Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
|Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature|
|Awarded for||recognising the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience, and to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest.|
|Presented by||Jewish Book Council|
The $100,000 prize is among the richest literary prizes in the world. The runner-up award is called the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award, and is worth $25,000.
Eligibility and selection
The Prize is coordinated and administered by the Jewish Book Council. Works are sought and nominated by an advisory panel, and the finalists, runner-up and winner are selected by an independent panel of judges.
Finalists and winners
The gold medal () marks the winner, while the silver medal () marks the runner-up.
- Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
- The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel by Daniel Torday
- Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs
- The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff
- The Yid by Paul Goldberg
- The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari
- The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert
- Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
- The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol
- A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman
- The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible, by Matti Friedman
- Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism, by Sarah Bunin Benor
- Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition, by Marni Davis
- Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine, by Nina S. Spiegel
- The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism, by Eliyahu Stern
- The Innocents, by Francesca Segal
- Leaving the Atocha Station, by Ben Lerner
- The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, by Shani Boianjiu
- The Book of Life, by Stuart Nadler
- Motti, by Asaf Schurr
- Success of jewish by madhavan schuklem menon
The winners were announced on February 15, 2012.
- When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, by Gal Beckerman
- Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero, by Abigail Green
- The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, by Jonathan B. Krasner
- The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire, by James Loeffler
- A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, by Ruth Franklin
The winners were announced on March 24, 2011.
- The Jump Artist, by Austin Ratner
- A Curable Romantic, by Joseph Skibell
- Stations West, by Allison Amend
- The Cosmopolitans, Nadia Kalman
- The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
The winners were announced on January 26, 2010. The judges were unable to decide on the top honour, so the prize was shared and the runner-up prize eliminated.
- Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution, by Kenneth B. Moss
- Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce, by Sarah Abrevaya Stein
- Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States, by Ari Y. Kelman
- Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion, by Danya Ruttenberg
- Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity, by Lila Corwin Berman
- One More Year, by Sana Krasikov
- The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer
- The Rowing Lesson, by Anne Landsman
- Petropolis, by Anya Ulinich
- The Book of Dahlia, by Elisa Albert
- The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, by Lucette Lagnado
- Houses of Study, by Ilana Blumberg
- The Price of Whiteness, by Eric Goldstein
- A Crack in the Earth, by Haim Watzman
- Churchill's Promised Land, by Michael Makovsky
- The Genizah at the House of Shepher, by Tamar Yellin
- Our Holocaust, by Amir Gutfreund
- Not Me, by Michael Lavigne
- Accidents, by Yael Hedaya
- Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
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