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1996 Book Awards
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The Maurice Amado Foundation Award
Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews
, by David
Gitlitz. Jewish Publication Society
Secrecy and Deceit
offers a unique compendium of the thousands of
practices performed by Jews forcibly converted to Catholicism in Spain
and Portugal. They and their descendants in Europe and the New World
comprise a heroic and tragic remnant of the Jewish people who tenacious­
ly and heroically attempted to retain their Jewish traditions in a clandes­
tine way. Gitlitz has captured both the tragedy and ingenuity of crypto-
Judaism in this wide-ranging and significant study. He has culled his ex­
amples from a myriad of literary, historical, and legal sources to produce
a volume that should serve as the standard work of reference on crypto-
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Anonymous Award
And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues
, by Neil
Folberg. Aperture
This splendid book is filled with extraordinary photography of syna­
gogues throughout the world, presented in a simple, yet inviting layout.
When you page through this book, it is a journey that connects all Jews,
everywhere. It is both reaffirming as well as inspiring.