Gordis gets National Jewish Council Book Award

Novelist Michael Chabon has also been honored with a Modern Jewish Literary Achievement Award.

January 12, 2017 19:01
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Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis . (photo credit: ISRAEL HADARI)


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Author, educator and lecturer Dr. Daniel Gordis, a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, has won the Jewish Book of the Year award by the National Jewish Book Council for his 11th book, Israel – A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.

The award was announced in New York earlier this week.

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In 2009, Gordis won the National Jewish Book Award for Saving Israel. Two of his other books – Becoming a Jewish Parent and Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policy-Making in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa – were finalists for the National Jewish Book Award 2009 and 2012, respectively.

Novelist Michael 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.

JBC also awards prizes in a wide variety of categories including contemporary Jewish life and practice; modern literary achievement; Sephardic culture; fiction; biography, autobiography and memoir; women’s studies; history; Holocaust; children’s literature; debut fiction; education and Jewish identity; modern Jewish thought and experience; poetry; scholarship; writing based on archival material; and young adult.

JBC prize winners will receive their awards in March at a gala event to be held at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

JTA contributed to this report.

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