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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 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.

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.

A prize of £5,000 is to be awarded for a major article or collection of articles or columns (up to five) published between 1 June, 2013 and 30 November, 2014 that furthers the understanding of contemporary Jewish life and Jewishness.

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

The winner will be announced at Jewish Book Week 2015 and this year’s judges are 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).

Please send nominations or entries, by 1 December, 2014 to or for more information email

The full terms and conditions can be downloaded here.

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In memory of David Landau, 1947-2015.