Katz Center Scholars Win Big at the 2017 National Jewish Book Awards

February 2, 2018
Becky Friedman

The Jewish Book Council recently announced the winners and finalists of the 2017 National Jewish Book Awards, with eight different Katz Center scholars included among them.

Steven Weitzman, Katz Center director, won for The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age in the category of Jewish Education and Identity. Speaking to Penn News about the win, Weitzman reflected, “I wanted the book to tell the story of a scholarly quest in a way that was helpful to readers beyond academia while staying true to the complexity of the issues involved… I would be delighted if the book helps readers, Jewish or non-Jewish, think about their origins and their identity in a deeper way.”

Three past fellows also took home awards:

In addition, four Katz Center fellows and/or affiliated scholars were recognized as finalists:


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