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Jewish Book week Prizes



The TLS-Risa Domb/Porjes Prize of £2,000 has been awarded triennially since 1998 and recognises the English translation of a full-length Hebrew book, fiction or non-fiction, of general interest and literary merit. This year’s judges are Boyd Tonkin, Dr. Tsila Ratner, and Dr. Yaron Peleg.


The shortlist:

  • Peter C. Applebaum for a translation of Hell on Earth by Avigdor Hameiri (Wayne State University Press)
  • Jessica Cohen for a translation of A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Vintage)
  • Nicholas de Lange for a translation of Judas by Amos Oz (Vintage)
  • Rachel Tzvia Back for a translation of On the Surface of Silence by Lea Goldberg (Hebrew Union College Press)

Sponsored by the Porjes Trust and administered by the Jewish Book Council, in association with the Society of Authors and the TLS.

Jewish Book Week / Beit Venezia Prize for New Writing

Jewish Book Week, in conjunction with Beit Venezia, Venice, offers a unique opportunity for young Jewish European writers to work with a translator on translating a short piece of their work into English. We hope to give these young writers the opportunity to be introduced to a wider audience.

In 2019, submissions were invited from Jewish authors aged 35 or under in the following countries:  Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland,  Sweden and Switzerland.

A translation workshop took place in Venice where the selected authors spent a week with their translators. Participants (both authors and translators) took part in a specially curated programme including talks from David Grossman and Edmund de Waal and experienced Shabbat in Venice.

An event featuring participants of the translation programme will take place as part of Jewish Book Week 2020.


Beit Venezia weaves Jewish culture into the larger fabric of Venetian cultural life, serving both the local Jewish community and a general Italian and international audience. It organizes conferences, lectures, performances, and has promoted several residencies for writers, musicians and visual artists.

This project is supported by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.