Haaretz Journalist Ari Shavit Wins U.S. National Jewish Book Award

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Haaretz journalist Ariv Shavit was among the winners of the United States 2013 National Jewish Book Awards, announced Wednesday.

Shavit won the award in the history category for his book “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel,” in which he reflects on Israel’s complicated history. The book has been widely praised since its release.

Other winners included Israeli-American journalist Yossi Klein Halevi and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, previous chief rabbi of the United Kingdom.

Halevi took the top prize, the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, for “Like Dreamers,” which tells the history of Israel through the personal experiences over decades of a handful of paratroopers who helped capture the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Sacks won in the category of modern Jewish thought and experience for “The Koren Pesach Machzor.”

Awarded annually by the Jewish Book Council, the awards are in their 63rd year.
The award for fiction went to Amos Oz for his novel “Between Friends,” which was translated into English by Sondra Silverston. Hebrew University professor Moshe Halbertal won the Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award for Scholarship for “Maimonides: Life and Thought.”

“FDR and the Jews,” by Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman, won the American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award. Phyllis Chesler won in the category for biography or memoir for “An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir.” Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas’s book “Kaddish: Women’s Voices” won in the category of contemporary Jewish practice.

A full list of the awardees and runners-up is available at the Jewish Book Council website.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on March 5 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

The cover of Ari Shavit's book.

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