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HONORING EXCELLENCE

NURTURING TALENT

CREATING A COMMUNITY FOR JEWISH LITERATURE

Books

TOGETHER AS ONE

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2023 FICTION

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ASTRA HOUSE

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TRANSLATOR

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FINALIST

HARPER VIA

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THE NEW PRESS

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HENRY HOLT & CO.

Sean Gasper Bye

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In The Press

"Make your bookshelves
your companions" 

-Judah Ibn Tibbon-

SAMI ROHR PRIZE FOR JEWISH LITERATURE

INAUGURATED IN 2007 BY THE ROHR FAMILY

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The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature honors the legacy of Sami Rohr z”l, who enjoyed a lifelong love of Jewish learning and great books.

As the premier award of its kind, the annual prize recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the examination and transmission of the Jewish experience. The $100,000 prize is presented to an emerging writer who demonstrates the potential for continued contribution to the world of Jewish literature.

Finalists and winners of monetary prizes become Fellows in the Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute. Past winners have acknowledged the impact of the Prize on their careers and professional pursuits.

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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

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BENJAMIN BALINT

wins National Jewish

Book Award

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RABBI DAVID WOLPE 

Jew-Hating Through

the Ages

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AYELET TSABARI

Writing When Words Fail Us Workshop

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MENACHEM KAISER

Opinion piece in the NYT

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AYALA FADER

Speaker at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme Conference

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JAMES LOEFFLER

New Position at Johns Hopkins

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ABIGAIL POGREBIN

‘I Speak English, but I Don’t Speak American’

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SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN

Lecture on Jewish Culture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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ABIGAIL POGREBIN

Ritual, Even as an Atheist, Has Enormous Power

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IDRA NOVEY

In discussion about Characters Who Hear and Mishear Each Other

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KEN­NETH B. MOSS

Winner of NJBA Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award in History

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AYALA FADER

In conversation with

Leora Batnitzky
The Jewish Center Princeton

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GAL BECKERMAN

The Joy of Watching “Wednesday” with Daughters

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YEHUDAH MIRSKY

In conversation with David Makovsky on the ideology of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

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JOSEPH TELUSHKIN

Five Things That Can Change Your Life Starting Today

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DAVID WOLPE

Unity Shabbat Legacy of Martin Luther King

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PAM NADELL AND JONATHAN  SARNA

Antisemitism Symposium

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JONATHAN ROSEN

The Best Minds
10 Best Books of 2023 -

The New York Times

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AVIYA KUSHNER

New prayers for those held captive by Hamas

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BENJAMIN BALINT

Chasing Bruno Schulz: Benjamin Balint in conversation with

Joshua Cohen

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JANE EISNER 

On the 50th anniversary of The Jewish Catalog

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RUTH FRANKLIN

The New York Times
Opinion, Guest Essay

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MIKHAL DEKEL

Celebrating the launch
of
Tehran Children in Hebrew on May 22

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JONATHAN ROSEN

The Atlantic’s

May Cover Story:

“American Madness”

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AVIYA KUSHNER

Translating Hope: Israeli “Poet of the Working Class”

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JEREMY DAUBER

Interview for his new book on the history of Mel Brooks as a ‘disobedient Jew’

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DANYA RUTTENBERG

Winner of NJBA Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award

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DAN EPHRON

The World According to Foreign Policy Podcasts

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ADAM KIRSCH

Interview by Brian Anderson

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PAMELA NADELL

Unmasking Antisemitism panel discussion marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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DANIEL TORDAY

The 12th Commandment Excerpt

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RUTH FRANKLIN

Guest speaker

American University's Jewish Studies Program's 'Acts of Remembrance: Shaping Holocaust Memory in the 21st Century'

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HAIM WATZMAN

Oct. 7 War Stories

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PAUL GOLDBERG

The Dissidents
Longlisted, 2024

Wingate Prize

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HAIM WATZMAN

Shelter

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HAIM WATZMAN

Staged reading of his play "The Chair"

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DAVID WOLPE

Can liberal Judaism survive and thrive in the digital age?
in Jewish Review of Books

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RUTH FRANKLIN

Review of "The US and the Holocaust" documentary series

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MENACHEM KAISER

Keynote speaker at Bar Ilan Shaindy Rudoff Memorial Lecture on June 5

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BENJAMIN BALINT

Bruno Schulz
New York Times Book Review

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BEN LERNER

New fiction

in The New Yorker

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JONATHAN WILSON

On Tour for The Red Balcony

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ADAM MENDELSOHN

Winner of NJBA Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award

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MATTI FRIEDMAN

Eight Thoughts on Israel’s Political Crisis

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AVIYA KUSHNER

What does it mean to be ‘Jew-ish’?

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YAAKOV KATZ

In conversation with Diaspora Minister Amichai Chikli at the Democracy 2023 Conference

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AYELET TSABARI

Identity and Memory 

38th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival, Vancouver

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GAL BECKERMAN

The Imani Perry Reading List

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DALIA ROSENFELD

Short stories in Salmagundi and Threepenny Review

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DANYA RUTTENBERG

On Repentance and Repair Longlisted, 2024

Wingate Prize

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GAL BECKERMAN AND IDDO GEFEN

Finding Truth in Israeli Fiction

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DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT

Forward review of her new book on Golda Meir

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SAMUEL FREEDMAN

On Hubert Humphrey
Politico Magazine

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HAIM WATZMAN

New story in

Tel Aviv Review of Books

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MIKHAL DEKEL

Yom HaShoah Lecture, UAlbany

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DANIEL GORDIS

Impossible Takes Longer Book Review

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JULIE ORRINGER

Adaptation of The Flight Portfolio for Netflix

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ABBY POGREBIN

The Minyan: Holocaust Survivors

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JOSH LAMBERT

NJBA American Jewish Studies Finalist

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YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI

What Would Yossi Say? Podcast

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JAMES LOEFFLER

On Remembering & Our Greatest Strength webinar

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SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN

"Wartime North Africa" UCLA 

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HAIM WATZMAN

Translation of Elad Ben-Dor's book UNSCOP and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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MATTI FRIEDMAN

Who By Fire adapted for Israel TV

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CONTACT

Debra Goldberg, Director:

T. +1-516-548-3921  M. +972-52-333-8095  |  F. +972-9-744-1180  |  debra@samirohrprize.org

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