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Sephardic and Ashkenazic Culture/Mimi Levy Award, in Memory of Becky Levy Winner

A Drizzle of Honey
A Drizzle of Honey
The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews

by David Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson
The 100 modernized recipes in this book are based on information found in Spanish Inquisition documents and other works from the 15th through the 17th centuries. These references to culinary customs show how some conversos (sometimes called crypto-Jews) strove to maintain aspects of Jewish life even when it jeopardized their well-being. Where possible, the authors even provide the biography of the person referred to or the originator of the particular dish. Re-creating these recipes and enjoying them in 21st-century America affords us a needed glimpse of another world and time.



Sephardic Studies/Maurice S. Amado Foundation Award Winner

Heretics or Daughters of Israel?
Heretics or Daughters of Israel?
The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile

by Renee Levine Melammed
Melammed tells the powerful story of women in Spain who, forbidden by the authorities to be Jewish, nevertheless battled to preserve their identity through the observance of the Sabbath, the Jewish holidays, and the dietary laws. This carefully researched study of the last days of the Jews in Catholic Spain documents the persecution and forced conversions that began long before the expulsion of practicting Jews in 1492.  (Winner)

Finalist:
A Drizzle of Honey
The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews
by David Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson



Women's Studies/Barbara Dobkin Award, by Her Friends Winner

Heretics or Daughters of Israel?
Heretics or Daughters of Israel?
The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile

by Renee Levine Melammed
HERETICS OR DAUGHTERS OF ISRAEL? is a fascinating account of the unsung heroics of the conversas, Spanish women forcibly converted to Christianity. These women secretly transmitted Jewish customs and traditions over four generations in the absence of traditional Jewish institutions led by men. Melammed's impressive, groundbreaking research, much of it from secret records of the Inquisition, is narrated clearly and engagingly and deserves a wide audience.  (Winner)

Finalists:
No Room of Their Own
Gender and Nation in Israeli Women's Fiction

by Yael S. Feldman
Women and Water
Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law

by Rahel R. Wasserfall (ed.)



Yiddish Language and Culture/The Forward Foundation Award Winner

Poyln
Poyln
Jewish Life in the Old Country

by Alter Kacyzne, Marek Web



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