Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor a Finalist for Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce that Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Southern California is one of five finalists for this year’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.  Benor’s book, “Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism,” shows how newcomers, ba’alei teshuva, adapt in surprising ways to their new Orthodox communities.

The $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature award recognizes “the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience,” and rewards emerging writers who will make notable contributions to Jewish literature in the future.A $25,000 runner-up award will also be awarded and the recipient will receive the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award.

Dr. Benor received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She teaches about the social science of American Jews, as well as about language and culture. In addition to Becoming Frum, she has published many academic papers and given lectures around the country about Jewish languages, linguistics, Yiddish, and American Jews. Dr. Benor edits the Journal of Jewish Languages and the Jewish Language Research Website, both of which she founded.

For more about Becoming Frum, visit http://becomingfrum.weebly.com/index.html


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