Page 58 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 10 (1951-1952)

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IN 5711 (1950-51)
P h i l i p G o o d m a n
I AHE admirable and highly useful Jewish Book Council of
America” is the praise accorded the Council by Ludwig
Lewisohn in his latest book
The American Jew: Character and
(New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1950). It is true
that the Council has ever been aiming to be a useful agency in
the American Jewish community. Dedicated to the promotion
of Jewish literature, primarily in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish,
the Council has sought to foster the following aims:
To revive the traditional zeal for Jewish knowledge among
young and old and to strengthen the custom of setting aside
time periodically for reading Jewish classics as well as con-
temporary works.
To inculcate in members of households an eagerness to create
a Jewish home atmosphere by assigning a place of honor in
it to a shelf or a case of Jewish books, and to stimulate
discussion of their contents around the family table.
To foster the practice of regularly augmenting the libraries
of synagogues, schools, Centers and other Jewish institutions,
and to utilize them to enrich the programs of clubs, study
circles, formal classes, and discussion groups.
To extend the circle of readers of Jewish books so that their
authors may draw encouragement therefrom to write books
on Jewish themes.
To promote interfaith understanding, cooperation and good
will through books of Jewish interest.
The achievement of the aims is being aggressively attempted
through a number of projects that have already proven their
merit and have become recognized as vital contributions to the
cultural pattern of American Jewish life that is being currently