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SHI and iEngage Fellow Yossi Klein Halevi Wins ‘Book of the Year’ Award from US Jewish Book Council

Book council says Yossi made history come alive

iEngage Fellow Yossi Klein Halevi received the U.S. Jewish Book Council’s Book of the Year Award for his book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, the organization announced this week. Yossi’s book, more than 10 years in the works, has received widespread acclaim since its publication in October 2013.
In its press release announcing the award, the book council wrote, “The Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award was given to Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein Halevi (HarperCollins), in which history comes alive in Halevi’s brilliant depiction of the parachuters who liberated the Kotel in 1967, as well as the Suez Canal.”
Yossi and other winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards will be honored on March 5, 2014, at a gala awards ceremony at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Now in its 63rd year, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Established to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest in various categories, it has earned its place as one of the nation’s premiere literary honors. "It’s immensely gratifying to see the significance of this award grow over the years," says Carolyn Starman Hessel, Director of the Jewish Book Council.

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