“Letters to President Clinton” By Rabbi Genack Chosen as Finalist for National Jewish Book Award

January 17, 2014

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Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership by Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, has been selected as a finalist in the category of Anthologies and Collections of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards by the Jewish Book Council. The presentation of the awards will be held at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street.

The book is published by Sterling Publishing and OU Press.

In a letter to Rabbi Genack, Mimi Frank, chairperson of the Jewish Book Council, wrote on behalf of JBC’s Board, “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. Each category 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 63rd year, is the longest-running program of its kind in North America.”

She added, “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.”

Rabbi Genack declared, “I am deeply honored that Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, has been selected as a finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards. The Jewish Book Council is a preeminent institution in the Jewish book world, and its recognition is gratifying. I express thanks to the entire team at OU Press and Sterling Publishing for their outstanding efforts in bringing this book to fruition. Special thanks are due to Barbara Berger, Executive Editor of Sterling Publishing, who embraced the project with passion and made it her own. The book is a testament to the intellectual curiosity and openness of Bill Clinton, and will, I hope, lead to a greater sensitivity to the role that faith and spirituality can play in the lives of our leaders. “

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