Awards and prizes

Deborah Levy's Swimming Home up for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Bookmakers have given a Jewish author's musing on depression and loyalty 14:1 to win the Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary award, which comes with a £50,000 prize, was announced yesterday, bringing it into its 44th year.

Deborah Levy has been included on the list for the first time, for her novel "Swimming Home". Ms Levy has written more than a dozen books,


'Jewish Nobel Prize' worth £600,000 established

By Jennifer Lipman, June 26, 2012

A prize worth £600,000 has been established to honour Jews who excel in the arts and sciences and strengthen the identity of the younger generation of Jews.

The Genesis Prize, dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize" by organisers, will be funded by the Russian businessman Mikhail Fridman’s Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Queen's Birthday Honours 2012

By Josh Jackman and Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2012

Judge Clive Callman has been knighted for his services to law, education and charity. The judge has been part of the Anglo-Jewish Association since 1956, and is a governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also director of the Jewish Studies Foundation in London.

Another new knight is Sir Brian Pomeroy, honoured for his services to financial inclusion and the voluntary sector.


Pioneer journalist's 'delight' at OBE

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2012

Felicity Green has expressed her delight at being honoured with the “remarkable” award of an OBE for services to journalism.


Queen's Award for Solihull and Glasgow charity

June 14, 2012

The Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club and Jewish Care Scotland’s Social Care Agency have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for volunteer groups.

Run by Rabbi Yehuda and Dinie Pink, the Thursday Club was recognised for providing support and a social hub for the local elderly.


Eric Pickles praises caring nature of Yoni Jesner award winners

June 14, 2012

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles heard pupils from six Jewish schools discuss their good deeds at the 2012 Yoni Jesner Awards ceremony at the Camden Centre on Monday.


Israeli's Holocaust novel shortlisted for foreign fiction award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

An Israeli author is in the running to win a fiction prize worth £10,000.

Aharon Appelfeld’s novel, Blooms of Darkness, is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

The book, translated by Jeffrey M Green, tells the story of the relationship between a Jewish boy and a prostitute at a brothel where he hides from the Nazis.


Amos Oz in running for literary award

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A book by a prolific Israeli writer has been shortlisted for an award honouring translations of books.

Amos Oz, one of the most influential writers and intellectuals in Israeli history, is the author of dozens of books, short stories and essays.


Sir Martin Gilbert wins prestigious Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The British historian Sir Martin Gilbert has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and the author of 80 studies including of Israeli and Jewish history, was named as the recipient of the $1 million Dan David prize earlier today.


Oscar-winning Artist director Hazanavicius's Jewish family history

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

The son of Holocaust survivors who hid from the Nazis in the French woodlands was last night celebrating the greatest honour in filmmaking.

Michel Hazanavicius's homage to silent film, The Artist, took home the Oscar for Best Director at the Los Angeles ceremony last night, as well as awards for Best Picture and Best Actor for its star, Jean Dujardin.