April 20, 2018

Tamar Yellin Wins Inaugural Rohr Jewish Lit Prize

By LJ Staff

Tamar Yellin was named the winner of the first Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature by the Jewish Book Council, snagging the $100,000 purse for her novel The Genizah at the House of Shepher (Toby Pr.). Runners up, Israeli author Amir Gutfreund, Our Holocaust (Toby Pr., tr. by Jessica Cohen), and San Franciscan Michael Lavigne, Not Me (Random), each receive $7500. The winning trio of authors will be celebrated at a gala May 21 event in Manhattan. Geri Gindea, director of the program, which operates as a department of the Jewish Book Council, said that in making their selections, "the judges considered the book, the author, and the writing’s contribution to Jewish literature." The Rohr Prize currently is the largest award for Jewish Literature and one of the most lucrative book prizes for any subject.