I’m delighted to announce that Chanan Tigay, my co-host in the History Channel Special God Code, is a finalist for the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for his book “The Lost Book of Moses” If he wins the $100K first prize he’s promised to buy me a double espresso on our next film shoot in Jerusalem.
Chanan Tigay’s “The Lost Book of Moses” is a gripping account of the quest to
find the world’s oldest Bible, and to solve the riddle of the man accused of forging it. You can purchase “The Lost Book of Moses” on Amazon.
Established in 2007, The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a program of the Jewish Book Council, honors emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience and demonstrate the potential for continued contribution to Jewish literature.
Five fellows are eligible for the 2018 Prize of $100,000, the largest
award of its kind. In addition, the second prize of $18,000 and three remaining presentations of
$5,000 each will be announced in July.
“The five 2018 fellows will join our growing Sami Rohr Prize literary community of authors who are
the current and future voices of Jewish literature,” said Carolyn Starman Hessel, Director Emeritus of the Jewish Book Council and current Director of its Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. “We welcome them and look forward to nurturing their growth.”
“Our family is delighted to see that The Sami Rohr Prize is serving as the provider of much needed
‘oxygen’ to outstanding emerging writers who might otherwise not have been able to move on to their
next work, and as a catalyst for the development of a vibrant, growing Jewish literary community,”
said George Rohr.
This year’s fellows were selected by an independent jury that included journalists, academics,
religious leaders and historians. The authors will be celebrated in a ceremony to be held in
Jerusalem, Israel this summer.
Jewish Book Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Jewish interest
literature. With over 250 touring authors each year; 1,400 book clubs; 1,100 events; its new annual
print publication, Paper Brigade; the National Jewish Book Awards; the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish
Literature; the Natan Book Award and a vibrant digital presence, JBC ensures that Jewish-interest
authors have a platform, and that readers are able to find these books and have the tools to discuss
them with their community.