Early Modern Jewry and The Rebbe Win 2010 National Jewish Book Awards!

We are excited to announce that two Princeton books have just won National Jewish Book Awards administered by the Jewish Book Council! The purpose of the award, given annually since 1948, is designed to recognize outstanding books on Jewish topics each year. Awards are given in sixteen different categories, including debut fiction, scholarship, biography and Holocaust.

Congratulations to David B. Ruderman, whose book, Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History, has been declared winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of History. Ruderman’s book has been called “[b]rave, stimulating, highly erudite, and informative” by Moshe Rosman of the Jewish Review of Books, and owning the ability to “reopen and complicate the question of when modern Jewish history began, and suggests that far-reaching but under appreciated trends analogous to those traced in this book have already inaugurated a postmodern era of Jewish history” according to Lawrence Grossman of Forward (among many other favorable reviews by scholars and critics).

Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman’s The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, has been declared winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish Studies. Heilman and Menachem’s piece, which has been called (among many other exciting reviews), “[l]ively and provocative. . . . [An] eye-opening account of the Rebbe’s ‘life and afterlife’ … [T]he best analytical study of the two major themes that it addresses” by Allan Nadler of Forward, was deemed the winner! Great work!

The National Jewish Book Awards will be presented in a gala ceremony open to the public on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011, 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York City).

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