Page 60 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 10 (1951-1952)

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A Jewish Book Month proclamation issued by the Mayor of New
York, Vincent Impelliteri, called on “all our fellow citizens, Jew
and non-Jew, to respond to the call of the Jewish Book Council
of the National Jewish Welfare Board by appropriate observances
throughout the Month.” The New York Metropolitan Jewish
Book Council arranged seven radio and two television broadcasts.
Abba S. Eban, Israeli ambassador to the United States, spoke
at a community-wide Jewish Book Month program held in the
Library of Congress under the auspices of the Washington Jewish
Community Council. His topic was “The Renaissance of Hebrew
Literature in Israel.” Other noted speakers who participated in
events throughout the country were Ludwig Lewisohn, Maurice
Samuel, Fanny Goldstein, Solomon Grayzel, Mortimer J. Cohen,
Abraham M. Klein, Meyer Levin, and Leo W. Schwarz.
Most of the 360 groups affiliated with the Los Angeles Jewish
Community Council paid tribute to the Month. Community-
wide Jewish Book Month programs were also sponsored in
San Francisco, Lynn, Mass., Boston, Omaha, Neb., Pittsburgh,
Chicago, Asheville, N. C., Philadelphia, Detroit, Bridgeport,
Cleveland, Louisville, Ky., Greater Miami, New Haven and
other localities.
Practically all of the large national Jewish organizations as well
as many of the smaller ones participated in the observance
of Jewish Book Month through the stimulation of their local
constituents to arrange suitable programs and participate in
community-wide ones, through the distribution of materials and
publicity in their own media and through participation in the
National Committee of the Council.
During the 1950 Jewish Book Month, the following anniver-
saries were noted: the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oscar
S. Straus, American diplomat; the 50th of the death of Isaac M.
Wise; the 150th of the death of the noted philosopher, Solomon
Maimon; the 100th of the death of Isaac Erter, a physician best
known as a Hebrew satirist; the 100th anniversary of the birth
of Dr. Alfred Landau, father of modern Yiddish; the 70th of the
birth of the Hebrew poet, Abraham Epstein; the 25th anniversary
of the death of Israel Zangwill, famous English author; the 30th
of the death of S. Ansky, Jewish folklorist; and the 900th of the
birth of Bachya Ibn Pakuda, philosopher and author of the
Hebrew classic,
Duties of the Heart
; the 75th anniversary of the
founding of Hebrew Union College; and the 25th of the organi-
zation of the Hebrew University.