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Chaim Bermant Prize

Chaim Bermant Prize for Journalism

The Jewish Book Council is delighted to be associated with the Chaim Bermant Prize for Journalism, which is being relaunched this year as part of Jewish Book Week 2015. The prize was first presented at Jewish Book Week 2008 in memory of the late author and journalist, who was a leading light on the Jewish Chronicle for 40 years until his death in 1998. Humane, witty and wise, he managed at once to be “Anglo-Jewry’s voice of conscience”, in the words of former Chief Rabbi, the late Lord Jacobovits, or in his own typically tongue-in-cheek designation, “a licensed heretic”.  Chaim Bermant wrote features and reviews for the nation’s most prestigious broadsheets and periodicals as well as over 30 books of history, fiction, satire and memoirs. The award, which commemorates his exceptional career in journalism, was first presented at Jewish book Week in 2008, in association with both the JC and the Bermant family.

2015 Prize

Jewish Book Week and The Bermant family are delighted to announce that Marc Weitzmann is this year’s winner of The Chaim Bermant Prize. This year’s judges were Miriam Gross (former Women's Editor of the Observer and Literary Editor of the Sunday Telegraph 1991-2005), Gerald Jacobs (Literary Editor and former Assistant and Comment Editor of The Jewish Chronicle) and Geoffrey Paul (Journalist and Editor of The Jewish Chronicle 1977-1990).


In a summer when most world coverage of Jewry, and of antipathy between Jews and Arabs, was understandably focused on the war in the Middle East, Tablet published “France’s Toxic Hate,” a five-part editorial package by the brilliant French journalist Weitzmann on the rising plague of anti-Semitism in France.  Weitzmann's series  is both coolly factual and also heart-rendingly emotional. Although the judges made their decision before the horrific events in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, they already felt that Weitzmann's Tablet articles were a brave, singularly prescient, in-depth examination of French anti-Semitism.


Past Prizes

Geoffrey Alderman was the winner of the 2011 prize and the judges were Stephen Pollard, Daniel Finkelstein and David Horowitz.

The 2008 winner was Daniel Finkelstein, with David Rowan, Jonathan Freedland and Johnny Geller acting as judges.


Journalists may be self-or-other nominated and articles must be published in print or online.

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The full terms and conditions can be downloaded here.

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In memory of Sir Martin Gilbert, 1936-2015.