“Like any year, 2007 had its highs and lows, but for Israel and the Jewish people, there was more to worry about than cheer,” writes Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week‘s editor/publisher. Reading his column, I’m inclined to agree.
Posts Tagged‘Jewish-American history’
Faithful readers of my other blog may recall my enthusiastic mention of last May’s ceremony celebrating the fiction winners for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The Jewish Book Council, which administers the prize, has now selected five finalists for the prize in nonfiction (the genres alternate).
The nonfiction finalists are Ilana M. Blumberg, for Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books (University of Nebraska Press); Eric L. Goldstein, for The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity (Princeton University Press); Lucette Lagnado, for The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (Ecco); Michael Makovsky, for Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft (Yale University Press); and Haim Watzman, for A Crack in the Earth: A Journey Up Israel’s Rift Valley (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
To learn more about the prize, which awards emerging authors in the field of Jewish literature who have written books of exceptional literary merit stimulating interest in themes of Jewish concern, please click here.
I was telling a friend about an exhibition on Jewish chaplains in the U.S. armed services during World War II, and she responded with this link to an extraordinary mini-documentary of sorts on one particular chaplain and a Jewish service he led in Germany–in October 1944. It’s a must-see. (Thanks, BJ.)
I haven’t been publicizing this blog very much at this early date, but one friend with whom I have shared it has suggested several good resources to add. One is this site, documenting the history of Jews in America. It’s a great recommendation, and I’m grateful to B.J. for offering it.