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and spiritual struggle against Roman oppression. Ms. Narell is the
author of a number of books, translator of
Holy Week
by Jerzy
Andrzeejewski, and contributor to many magazines.
WILLIAM AND JANICE EPSTEIN AWARD
The judges for this award for a book of Jewish fiction were Dr.
Irving Malin, professor of English, City College, Dr. David
Mirsky, professor of English, Yeshiva University, and Harold U.
Ribalow, author and anthologist.
The judges chose for this award Gloria Goldreich for her book
Leah’s Journey,
published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Gloria
Goldreich is a short story writer and the author of several books
for children. Her essays and stories have appeared in Commen­
tary, Midstream, Hadassah Magazine, McCalls, Redbook, and
other magazines.
Leah’s Journey
is a novel of family relationship and cultural
heritage. It is the glowing story of one young woman, Leah
Goldfeder, who makes a poignant journey in search of herself.
The work is a literary document of the immigrant experience.
MORRIS J. KAPLUN MEMORIAL AWARD
The judges for this award for a book on Israel were Dr. Mor-
decai Chertoff, author and publicist, Dr. Leonard Fein, editor,
Moment, Jessie Lurie, managing editor, Hadassah Magazine, and
Dr. Howard M. Sachar, professor of history, George Washington
University.
The judges chose Ruth Gruber for this award for her book
Raquela: A Woman of Israel,
published by Coward, McCann &
Geoghegan.
Ruth Gruber began her writing career at the ege of 20. In
addition to her newspaper and magazine writing, she has
authored 11 books.
The book is the deeply moving story of Raquela Prywes, an
Israeli woman whose life mirrors her country’s tumultuous his­
tory, its triumphs and tragedies from birth to maturity.
Raquela
tells the powerful and deeply personal story of an Israeli woman
who has known passionate love, great joy, and shattering loss, and
who still faces the challenge of living in Israel today.