Sami Rohr Literary Award Inks Alliance With Israel National Library

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Library of Israel have formed a new literary partnership that will bring the prize ceremony to the library’s new Jerusalem site on alternate years and evaluate works translated into English.

The prize will now be called as the “Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature presented in collaboration with the National Library of Israel,” according to a joint announcement made on Tuesday by the two institutions.

The Sami Rohr Prize honors contemporary writers by awarding a $100,000 prize to up-and-coming authors in fiction and nonfiction in alternate years.

Benjamin Balint, Michael David Lukas, and Ilana Kurshan are among the most recent winners. Nicole Krauss received the Prize’s Inspiration Award for Fiction for the first time in 2021.

Sami Rohr literary award inks alliance with Israel National Library | The  Times of Israel

The yearly award ceremony alternates between Israel and the United States, and will now take place at the new National Library of Israel site when hosted in Israel.

According to the two institutions, the National Library and the Sami Rohr Prize are developing joint programming and collaborative initiatives, including professional networking between fellows of the Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute and the National Library of Israel writers-in-residence programs, the Pardes literary incubator, and the intercultural Bustan poetry incubator, in collaboration with the library’s American affiliate.

In 2006, his children established the Sami Rohr Prize in honor of the philanthropist’s 80th birthday. The reward is designed to remember Rohr’s lifelong love of Jewish learning and great literature, which he passed away in 2012.

The National Library of Israel, which was established in Jerusalem in 1892, is the country’s premier research library.

The institution is attempting to reach out to new audiences through a variety of initiatives, including the construction of a 45,000 square meter (484,376 square foot) campus adjacent to the Knesset and across the street from the Israel Museum.

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