Baron Book Prize of the American Academy for Jewish Research

The American Academy for Jewish Research invites submissions for the Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize. The Baron Book Prize ($3,000) is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding first book in Jewish studies.

Eligibility: An academic book, in English, in any area of Jewish studies published in calendar year 2022. The work must be the author’s first scholarly book. Authors must have received their Ph.D. within the previous ten years, no earlier than 2012.

When submitting a book for consideration, please have four copies sent, along with a statement including the author’s email address and when and where the author received their Ph.D. In addition, please send a digital submission of the author’s book to the below email address. Hard copy books can be sent to:

Cheri Thompson
American Academy for Jewish Research 221 E. Michigan Ave #883
Grass Lake, Michigan 49240

Please email when books are placed in the mail.

For further information, please contact Professor Anna Shternshis, Chair of the prize committee at

Deadline: 31 January 2023.

About Andreas Lehnertz

I focus on social, cultural, and religious European history during the High and Late Middle Ages. My interests lie in daily Christian-Jewish relations, marginal Hebrew and Yiddish charter notes, Jewish as well as general sealing practices, and Jewish craftspeople. In 2018, I completed my PhD at the Trier University entitled "Jewish Seals in the Medieval German Empire: The Authentication and Self-Representation of Jewish Men and Women”, under the supervision of Prof. Alfred Haverkamp and Prof. Lukas Clemens at the Arye Maimon Institute for Jewish History. Under Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten I was a postdoctoral fellow in the European Research Council Project "Beyond the Elite – Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe“ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing my second book on Jewish craftspeople in Medieval Central Europe.