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Jacob Isaac Segal Awards

MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS OF GREAT JEWISH BOOKS

Since 1969 when the Jacob Isaac Segal Awards were first given out at the Jewish Public Library in downtown Montreal, the prizes have served as a source of enormous pride for Jewish Montreal. Not only did the prizes show (and show off) Montreal’s vibrant and diverse Jewish community to international writers associated with the prizes, they brought people together and established Jewish Montreal as a centre of Jewish life in Canada.

Today, more than 50 years after that first Prize Ceremony, the J.I. Segal Awards continue to evolve to reflect evolving Jewish communities.

There are three prizes are awarded for:

  1. Best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme, with a prize of $5,000.
  2. Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature  $1,000)
  3. Rosa and David Z”L Finestone Translation Award for a Book on a Jewish Theme ($1,000).

Since 2020, the Best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme award also honours the contribution of Jewish culture to a richly diverse contemporary Quebec. 

AWARDING THE PRIZES FOR 2022

For the first time this year, we will release each of the three prize-winning books and authors in a series of videos posted on our website, social media and other channels. The announcements will begin in December and we will release the detailed date for each prize announcement on or before Thursday, November 24.

There will not be an in-person prize ceremony for 2022.

 

2022 J.I. SEGAL AWARD FOR BEST QUEBEC BOOK ON A JEWISH THEME

Montreal, QC, Sep 20, 2022 – The Jewish Public Library of Montreal announced today the nominations/short-list for the 2022 edition of the J.I Segal Awards Best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme: 

  1. Pierre Anctil, Antijudaïsme et influence nazie au Québec (histoire)  | 2021, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal
  2. Pinchas Blitt, A Promise of Sweet Tea (memoir)  | 2021, Azrieli Foundation
  3. Anne-Élaine Cliche, Le danseur de la Macaza (roman) | 2021,  Le Quartanier
  4. David Homel, Lunging into the Underbrush (memoir) | 2021, Linda Leith Publishing
  5. Robyn Sarah, Music, Late and Soon (memoir) | 2021, Biblioasis Books

“We are thrilled to be able to include five outstanding titles by well-known writers in our short-list,” said Université de Montréal Professor and Awards Committee Chair Robert Schwartzwald in response to the jury’s announcement. “With books in both English and French and from a variety of genres, there is much to celebrate as we prepare to reward the best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme!”  

The 2022 J.I. Segal Award for the Best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.


 

About Jacob Issac Segal

Jacob Isaac Segal (1896-1954) is acknowledged as one of the most respected Yiddish poets. His work is characterized by its deep lyrical expression and evocation of the dignity of Jewish life in the Eastern European shtetl and in Canada. Segal strove to show that “a people and its culture are inseparable.” His poetry lives on in Yiddish and in translation.

About the awards

The Jacob Isaac Segal Awards of the Jewish Public Library were established in 1968 to honour and perpetuate the memory of the great Canadian Yiddish poet J.I. Segal. They are made possible by the J.I. Segal Cultural Foundation, founded by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld and Mrs. Dvora Rosenfeld. Awarded every two years, the prizes seek to encourage and reward creative work on Jewish themes and to recognize contributions to Jewish knowledge. 

Jacob Issac Segal Awards: 2020 Winners

BEST QUEBEC BOOK
ON A JEWISH THEME

DR. HIRSH & DVORA ROSENFELD AWARD FOR
YIDDISH LITERATURE

ROSA AND DAVID Z”L FINESTONE TRANSLATION AWARD
FOR A BOOK ON A JEWISH THEME

Pierre Samson
Le Mammouth

Borris Sandler
Antiques from my Travel Bag

Goldie Morgentaler
Collected edition of translated pieces by Chava Rosenfarb

Lori St-Martin
and Paul Gagné Sandler

Yiddish for Pirates

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