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The History of the Jewish Book Annual

When the Jewish Book Council first published the Jewish Book Annual (1942-1999), its intent was to "effect the intellectual interests of American Jewry." Jewish Book Annual was published for sixty years -- initially in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish, then in Hebrew and English, and finally just in English, which reflected the changing dynamics of the American Jewish community. Each volume included a review of the previous year in Jewish literature; a complete bibliography in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books; samples of Jewish book programs across the country for Jewish Book Month; and essays on important figures in the Jewish literary scene.

With this wealth of information, and articles written by foremost critics of their time, the Jewish Book Annual was an important resource for the Jewish community, and, while the Annuals's final issue was published at the end of the twentieth century, Jewish Book Council's mission to promote the reading, writing, and publishing of Jewish interest literature continues to this day with an entire digital community surrounding literary works of Jewish interest. This digital community is only further enhanced by the digitization of all 56 editions of the  Jewish Book Annual, which can be found below. In partnership with the Center for Jewish History, the Jewish Book Annual continues to live on as an important document reflecting on the breadth of Jewish literature published throughout the second half of the twentieth century. It is a treasure trove for both academics and all those who love to read books of Jewish interest.

Click here to view the Jewish Book Annual library.


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jewish book annual: 1942-1999

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