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Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

Made possible by funding from Jordan Schnitzer and Arlene Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Association for Jewish Studies is proud to award eight prizes this year (four winners and four finalists) for the annual Jordan Schnitzer Book Prize.

The categories in the 2021 competition were Jewish Literature and Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture, Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania, and Philosophy and Jewish Thought. Books published in 2019 and 2020 by AJS members were eligible for submission. Each category was judged by a committee of expert scholars in their field who chose this year’s winners and finalists. Winners receive a $10,000 prize and Finalists receive a $2,500 prize.

We wish a hearty congratulations to this year’s awardees.

2022 WINNERS

In the category of Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity

Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism
Princeton University Press
Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University

In the category of Jews and the Arts: Music, Performance, and Visual

A City in Fragments: Urban Text in Modern Jerusalem
Stanford University Press
Yair Wallach, SOAS University of London

In the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Europe and Israel

Yiddish in Israel: A History
Indiana University Press
Rachel Rojanski, Brown University

In the category of Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore

Genetic Afterlives: Black Jewish Indigeneity in South Africa
Duke University Press
Noah Tamarkin, Cornell University

2022 FINALISTS

In the category of Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity

The Talmud's Red Fence: Menstrual Impurity and Difference in Babylonian Judaism and Its Sasanian Context
Oxford University Press
Shai Secunda, Bard College

In the category of Jews and the Arts: Music, Performance, and Visual

Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the Jewish Community in Germany, 1945–1989
Oxford University Press
Tina Frühauf, Columbia University

In the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Europe and Israel

A Citizen of Yiddishland: Dovid Sfard and the Jewish Communist Milieu in Poland
Peter Lang
Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Polish Academy of Sciences

In the category of Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore

Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age
Princeton University Press
Ayala Fader, Fordham University


For further information, contact Amy Weiss, Grants and Professional Development Manager, at aweiss@associationforjewishstudies.org.

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