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1993 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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tribution to our understanding of the role of women as con­
tributors and innovators in religious cultures. This study of the
ritual life of adult women in Jerusalem shows that women con­
tinue to influence the growth and development of popular re­
ligion. The contribution of this book to modern Jewish thought
about the role of women in Judaism makes it worthy as winner
of a National Jewish Book Award.
SCHOLARSHIP
T h e S a r a h
H.
a n d J u l i u s K u s h n e r M e m o r i a l A w a r d
Jewish Education and Society in the High Middle Ages,
by Ephraim
Kanarfogel (Wayne State University Press)
With extraordinary learning and critical acumen, Ephraim
Kanarfogel has produced a groundbreaking study of medieval
Jewish educational theory and practice. In
Jewish Education and
Society in the High Middle Ages
he has elucidated in unprecedent­
ed detail the statements about education in
Sefer Hasidim
and
Tosaphist writings. Perhaps more importantly, he has expanded
those statements in relation to the actual educational practices
of the communities of Ashkenaz, including discussion of such
perennial problems as funding, curriculum, and the status of
teachers. Aside from its value as pure scholarship, Kanarfogel’s
work provides a rich and suggestive historical context for the
ongoing debate concerning Jewish communal involvement in
the enterprise of religious education.
SEPHARDIC STUDIES
T
he
M
aur ice
A
mado
F
o u n d a t io n
A
ward
The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience,
by Jane
S. Gerber (The Free Press)
Jane Gerber is a fine historian who set as her goal the writing
of a popular history of Sephardic Jews from their origins up
to the present.
The Jews of Spain
is an unusually valuable book
which fills a long-neglected need; a readable and highly acces­
sible one-volume treatment of Sephardic Jewry. By tracing the
history of Sephardic Jewry from their earliest origins until today
— over the course of more than a thousand years — Gerber
has written a book which will be welcomed both by students
and the general public.