‘Memories’ honoured

new Breaking news. The Jewish Book Council in the USA has just sent us the following: 

Dear Tony & Mira,

Congratulations!  On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council, I am happy to inform you that, out of our many submissions, your book:

Memories of Eden


Violette Shamash; Mira and Tony Rocca, eds. 

has been selected as a finalist of the 


in the category of

Sephardic Culture


This book was selected after careful analysis by a panel of three judges who are all authorities in their field. The judges encountered a great deal of difficulty in making their decisions this year. Several categories offered many viable candidates, which made the selection even harder. It is gratifying to know there is a wide range of Jewish content books available. Your book now joins the ranks of the hundreds of well-respected, classic Jewish books that have been National Jewish Book Award finalists. The National Jewish Book Awards, now in its 58th year, is the longest-running program of its kind in North America. 

We recognize and appreciate your editorial decision to publish a book of such high quality; one that enlarges the whole enterprise of Jewish scholarship and contributes to informed living, understanding, and entertainment for the entire English-reading world.

Sincerely yours,

Mimi Frank



• The presentation of the National Jewish Book Awards will be at a gala ceremony, open to the public, at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 5th, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City

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