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. Appelbaum 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)

The winner:

The Jewish Book Council is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 prize is Peter C. Appelbaum for his translation of Avigdor Hameiri’s Hell on Earth

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

The pilot Young Jewish European Writers in Translation Workshop took place in partnership with Beit Venezia in Venice in September 2019. Its objective was to introduce emerging writers to a wider audience. With support from the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, four writers, from Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Italy, worked with their translators on translating a short piece on the subject of identity.

An event featuring participants of the translation programme took place at Jewish Book Week 2020.

In February 2020 published Swedish author Chana Riedel’s History is a Music Box, translated by Sarah Death:


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.