The Sami Rohr Literary Prize signs an alliance with the National Library of Israel

A new literary alliance between the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Library of Israel will host the awards ceremony every other year at the library’s new campus in Jerusalem and review works translated into English.

The prize will henceforth be officially known as the “Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature awarded in association with the National Library of Israel,” the pair announced on Tuesday.

The Sami Rohr Prize recognizes contemporary writers, with an annual prize of $100,000 given to emerging writers, in fiction and non-fiction alternately.

Recent winners include Benjamin Balint, Michael David Lukas and Ilana Kurshan. In 2021, Nicole Krauss became the first recipient of the Inspiration Award for Fiction.

The annual awards ceremony takes place alternately in Israel and the United States, and from now on, when it does take place in Israel, it will take place at the new campus of the National Library of Israel.

The National Library and the Sami Rohr Prize, together with the library’s US branch, are also developing joint programming and collaborative initiatives, the two institutions said, including a professional network among Jewish Literary Institute fellows. Sami Rohr and writers from the National Library of Israel. residency programs, the Pardes Literary Incubator and the Bustan Cross-Cultural Poetry Incubator.

The Sami Rohr Prize was created in 2006 by his children, in honor of the philanthropist’s 80th birthday. Rohr died in 2012, and the award is meant to honor his lifelong love of Jewish learning and great books.

The National Library of Israel was founded in Jerusalem in 1892 and serves as Israel’s preeminent research library.

The institution is engaged in efforts to discover new audiences through different initiatives, including at its new campus, with 45,000 square meters (484,376 square feet) of space, being built next to the Knesset and across from the Israel Museum.

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