Sophie Brody Award
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
Friedman’s “The Aleppo Codex” is a beautifully written and compelling work that illuminates a remarkable range of Jewish themes: the Diaspora, the State of Israel, the survival of original Jewish texts, and the fate of the Jews in the Arab world. The mystery is a real page turner.
2013 Honorable Mention(s)
I Am Forbidden
A mystical novel that follows the fateful rescue of Mila, leading to her life in the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hassidic community in Europe and Brooklyn. This emotionally gripping story travels through history, bringing together and tearing apart family and faith.
A humorous yet deep novel written in epistolary format. It describes the making of a movie about Moses. One can read the book on several levels, seeing Moses in new ways.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
A powerful collection of short stories spanning a wide range of time and space. With direct and dynamic language, Englander shares his vision of the human condition.