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1980
NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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The judges decided to present the award posthumously to
Charles Reznikoff in recognition of his lifelong poetic achieve­
ment and on the occasion of the publication of the second volume
of his
Testimony
by the Black Sparrow Press. Reznikoff s work,
written over a period of some sixty years, was devoted in large
measure to the Jewish community and finally, tragically, to the
memorialization of the large part of that community destroyed in
the Holocaust.
FRANK AND ETHEL S. COHEN AWARD
The judges for this award on Jewish thought were Dr. Eugene
B. Borowitz, professor of Education and Jewish Religious
Thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
Dr. Sid Z. Leiman, professor of Jewish History and Literature,
and dean, Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University,
and Dr. David Sidorsky, professor of Philosophy, Columbia Uni­
versity.
The judges chose for this award Dr. David Biale for his book
Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History
, published by Har­
vard University Press. An in-depth study of Scholem, the histo­
rian, Zionist thinker and Jewish theologian, the book illumines his
role in making Kabbalah an honored discipline of academic study
and research.
THE WORKMENS CIRCLE AWARD
The judges for this new award for Yiddish Literature were
Dina Abramowicz, librarian, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,
Dr. Israel Knox, professor emeritus of Philosophy, New York
University, and Dr. Elias Schulman, professor of Yiddish Litera­
ture, Jewish Teachers Seminary.
The judges selected for this award Peretz Miransky for his book
Tzvishn Shmeichl un Trern
(Between Smiles and Tears), published
in Toronto, Canada. The book contains over one hundred
rhymed fables dealing with various life situations and moods and
incorporating the classic elements of this form of expression. The
author began to write fables in 1928 and was a member of the
Yung Vilno group of Yiddish writers.