Rabbi Ellenson and his daughter, Ruth Andrew Ellenson, awarded 2005 National Jewish Book Awards

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

JTA - Breaking News -- February 23, 2006 

Father, daughter win book awards 

A father and his daughter are among the 19 winners of the 2005 National Jewish Book Awards. 

Rabbi David Ellenson, president of the Reform movement's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, grabbed the top award in the category of modern Jewish thought and experience for his work, "After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity," a documentation of how modernism revitalized Judaism. Ellenson's daughter, Ruth Andrew Ellenson, earned the top honor in the category of women's studies. Her work, "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt," is a collection of essays by prominent women on the existential issues that preoccupy them. 

Israeli writer Amos Oz won this year's top prize, the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, for his memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness." 

Deborah Lipstadt's "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving" won best Holocaust book, while Michael Chabon's "The Final Solution" won recognition for best fiction book. The awards will be presented April 26 in New York City. 

Jean Bloch Rosensaft
Senior National Director for Public Affairs
and Institutional Planning
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012
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