Page 61 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 10 (1951-1952)

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It is gratifying to note that the Council has found it possible
to present a total of 49 citations to the libraries of Jewish Com-
munity Centers, Jewish schools, Synagogues, and Bureaus of
Jewish Education that have met the minimum criteria for a Jewish
library established by the Council. During the past year citations
were awarded to the following libraries: Louis Seidenwurm Me-
morial Library, Jamaica Jewish Center, Jamaica, New York;
West End Branch, Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.; Charles
K. Solte Memorial Library, Temple Emanuel, Paterson, New
Three awards known as the Harry Kovner Memorial Awards
for works of poetry of literary merit and Jewish interest were
established by the Council during the past year. Each award
carries with it a citation and $100 cash, the funds for which were
provided by the family of the late Harry Kovner.
Judah Stampfer received an award for his book
Jerusalem Has
Many Faces
; Aaron Zeitlin for
Shirim U'Poemot
(Songs and
Poems), Hebrew; and Ber Lapin for
Der Fuller Krug
(The Brim-
ming Jug), Yiddish. The authorities on Jewish literature who served
as judges were: Rabbi A. Alan Steinbach, Rabbi Louis I. Newman,
Dr. Ludwig Lewisohn, for the English award; Shalom Spiegel,
M. Feinstein, Hillel Bavli, Dr. Eisig Silberschlag, for Hebrew;
and Dr. Sol Liptzin, Moshe Starkman, Prof. A. J. Heschel and
Melech Ravitch, for Yiddish.
The Samuel H. Daroff Annual Award of $250 for the best
volume of fiction published during the year 1950 was presented
to Soma Morgenstern for his novel
The Testament of the Lost Son
(Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America). The
judges, Dr. Louis I. Newman, Dr. Mortimer J. Cohen, and
Dr. Ludwig Lewisohn unanimously felt that this book merited
this honor. In style, in structure and in content, this novel is an
artistic achievement of the first order and is in a true sense,
along with the two preceding novels of the trilogy, a beautiful
monument of the destroyed civilization of the East European