Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, the Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts Hillel, has been nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in non-fiction for her book "Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion." The book chronicles her personal path to faith.
Hillel's Senior Jewish Educator initiative is supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation on ten campuses.
The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature awards $100,000 to its top winner, with a $25,000 Choice Award given to its first runner-up. It is administered under the auspices of the Jewish Book Council. On December 16th, the finalists will meet with the non-fiction judges of the Sami Rohr Prize in New York, and the winners will be announced at the end of January. The 2010 award ceremony will be held in Jerusalem on March 31st.
Rabbi Ruttenberg joins a diverse group of finalists. They are:
Lila Corwin Berman - Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (University of California Press)
Ari Y. Kelman -- Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States (University of California Press)
Kenneth B. Moss -- Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution (Harvard University Press)
Danya Ruttenberg -- Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press)
Sarah Abrevaya Stein - Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce (Yale University Press)
Rabbi Ruttenberg was ordained at American Jewish University in California. She draws from several years building communities and engaging young people in Jewish life through alternative paths when she worked with Kol Zimrah in Jerusalem, Israel, a musically innovative minyan, and the Makor Or Center for Jewish Meditation in San Francisco, Calif. To hear an audio lesson from Rabbi Ruttenberg, visit www.hillel.org/schmooze