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1980 National Jewish Book Awards
of the JWB Jewish Book Council
WILLIAM AND JAN ICE EPSTEIN AWARD
The judges for this award for a book of Jewish fiction were Dr.
Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature,
University of California at Berkeley, Johanna Kaplan, whose
Other People’s Lives
won a previous National Jewish Book Award,
and Dr. Ruth R. Wisse, professor of Jewish Studies, McGill Uni­
versity, Montreal.
The judges chose for this award Daniel Fuchs for his book
The
Apathetic Bookie Joint,
published by Methuen. A superb collection
of twenty-six short stories, it spans a writing career of over thirty
years. The stories capture the rich variety and flavor of American
Jewish life.
GERRARD AND ELLA BERMAN AWARD
The judges for this award for a book on Jewish history were Dr.
Robert Chazan, professor of Jewish History, Ohio State Univer­
sity, Dr. Hillel Levine, associate professor of Sociology and Re­
ligious Studies, Yale University, and Dr. Haim Soloveitchik, pro­
fessor of Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School,
Yeshiva University.
The judges selected for this award Dr. Todd M. Endelman for
his
The Jews o f Georgian England, 1714-1830,
published by the
Jewish Publication Society of America. The work presents a social
history of the Jews of modern England. The acculturation of
British Jewry is detailed in this fine contribution to ethnic history.
LEON J OLSON AWARD
The judges for this award for a book on the Holocaust were Dr.
Lucy S. Dawidowicz, author and historian, Dr. Alvin H. Rosen-
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