Page 168 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 13

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ECOGNIZING that the meaning of the American Jewish
- Tercentenary and of American Jewish life can best be learned
from books, the Jewish Book Council of America urged all local
organizations and communities to concentrate their programs
during the past year on this historic event. During Jewish Book
Month, November 19 to December 19, 1954, both national and
local organizations were encouraged to place primary emphasis
in their programs on books, in English, Yiddish or Hebrew, dealing
with aspects of American Jewish life. I t was further suggested
that local communities throughout the country present shelves of
books on American Jewish history to public and college libraries
and other civic agencies as part of the Tercentenary celebration so
that the record of the three hundred years of the Jews in America
would be available to the general public. Many organizations
readily accepted these proposals and carried them out in a fitting
manner. To assist American Jewry to observe this landmark,
the Council had prepared special materials, including two basic
A Brief Bibliography of American Jewish History
, by
Jacob R. Marcus, and
A Bibliography of Children's Books and
Stories on American Jewish History
, by Philip Goodman. The
September and October, 1954, issues of
In Jewish Bookland
devoted to reviews of current books on American Jewish history.
Volume XII (1954) of the
Jewish Book Annual
reviewed yester-
day’s Jewish literary achievement in America. A special Ter-
centenary exhibit, entitled “300 Years of Jewish Literature in
America,” prepared by the Council, was displayed at our annual
meeting, the annual convention of the American Library Asso-
ciation and as part of the exhibit of the American Jewish Ter-
centenary Committee at the Jewish Museum, as well as in other
communities throughout the country.
The 1954 Jewish Book Month observance officially opened with
a Tercentenary Reception, held at the Temple Emanu-El, New
York City, on November 21, 1954, in honor of 40 authors who