Awards and prizes

Time-travelling film up for student Oscar

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A short film by a young movie-maker from Stanmore has been nominated for a Student Academy Award.

Alex Lipman, 21, wrote and produced the black comedy The Miserables last year as his final project for Westminster University's film and TV production course.


Leeds football author unites judges

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

A book exploring the connection between Leeds United and the city's Jews has been named Football Book of the Year.

The Promised Land: The Reinvention of Leeds United, by Mirror sportswriter and Leeds fan Anthony Clavane was honoured at the British Sports Book Awards.


Nicole Krauss up for Orange Prize for Fiction

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The American writer Nicole Krauss has been shortlisted for this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only award specifically for women writers.

Ms Krauss is up for the £30,000 prize for her third book Great House, the follow-up to her international bestseller The History of Love.


Israel wins wine world cup

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

An Israeli wine-maker has triumphed over 3,720 competitors to take first place in a contest dubbed the "Wine World Cup".

The Golan Heights Winery, which produces bottles under the labels Yarden, Gamla and Golan, became the first Israeli company to win the top spot at Italy's annual international wine trade fair.


Howard Jacobson shortlisted for 'Jewish Booker' prize

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson has been nominated for British Jewry's top literary award.

Mr Jacobson's The Finkler Question is one of six books, both fiction and non-fiction, shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.


Jewish writers up for Orwell prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

A prestigious journalism prize has become the scene of a battle between some of Britain's most successful Jewish writers.

Among the 15 nominees for the 2011 Orwell Prize, which honours exceptional political reporting, are Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman, Israeli-born Guardian writer Rachel Shabi and David Cohen of the Evening Standard.


Philip Roth up for International Man Booker prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

American author Philip Roth is in the running for the 2011 Man Booker International prize.

Mr Roth, whose 31st book Nemesis was published last year, is one of 13 finalists for the prize, which has been given out biennially since 2005 and is worth £60,000.


Lord Sacks joins Dalai Lama as faith prize winner

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

The chief rabbi has joined the 14th Dalia Lama and the former Archbishop of Canterbury as a recipient of a prestigious award honouring people who turn their “faith into action”.

Lord Sacks will be awarded this year’s Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award by Ben-Gurion University at a ceremony in Israel next week.


Aaron Sorkin accepts an Oscar for The Social Network

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011
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The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin won his first Oscar last night for The Social Network. Watch what he had to say on accepting the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Take a look at our Oscars live blog for more detailed coverage here


Aaron Sorkin and David Seidler win Oscars for writing

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Two Jewish writers have triumphed at this year's Oscars.

Aaron Sorkin picked up his first Academy Award for The Social Network, although he failed to mention the film's inspiration - Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg - in his acceptance speech.