Jewish Journal


January 26, 2012

Jewish Book Council names Sami Rohr Prize finalists


The Jewish Book Council announced its five finalists for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

The $100,000 prize, presented annually since 2007, is awarded to fiction and non-fiction writers in alternating years, with this year’s focus on non-fiction.

The finalists announced Wednesday are Gal Beckerman for “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry”; Jonathan B. Krasner for “The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education”; James Loeffler for “The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire”; Ruth Franklin for “A Thousand Darknesses:  Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction”; and Abigail Green for “Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero.”

The winner will be announced Feb. 15.

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