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through their own books have made significant contributions to
the field of Jewish history. Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik, Council pres-
ident, presented citations to each of the authors. Dr. David de
Sola Pool, rabbi of the first Jewish congregation of the United
States, and Dr. Lee M. Friedman, honorary president of the
American Jewish Historical Society, responded on behalf of
the authors.
Unique and colorful events organized by Jewish Community
Centers, Synagogues, Jewish and public libraries and Jewish
communal organizations from Maine to Buenos Aires marked the
annual Jewish Book Month observance. I t was celebrated in
addition at military posts in the U.S. and overseas, at USO clubs,
and even in veterans’ hospitals.
Jewish Book Month events included exhibits, lectures, symposia,
plays, synagogue programs, literary contests, authors’ receptions,
book fairs, library functions and radio and television programs.
Jewish book exhibits accenting the Tercentenary theme marked
the events sponsored by JWB-affiliated Jewish Community Cen-
ters, local Jewish Book Councils and other groups in various cities.
More than 5,000 books were on display in Detroit at the Davison
Jewish Community Center in connection with the third annual
Jewish book fair. A Tercentenary panel highlighting 300 years of
Jewish life, special children’s and teen-age programs and literary
contests for the young folks were among the features of the Detroit
celebration. In Los Angeles, the community-wide Jewish Book
Month Committee of the Jewish Community Council arranged
exhibits in all the major Jewish and non-Jewish libraries and
museums. In Philadelphia, the Jewish Book Council set up Jewish
book exhibits at the main public library and at local colleges, and a
display was seen at the YM-YWHA. Among cities sponsoring
outstanding exhibits were Stamford, Conn.; St. Paul, Minn.;
Binghamton and Troy, N. Y.; Paterson, N. J. and Buenos Aires,
Argentina, where the Jewish community marked the month with
an exhibit of Hebrew books. In New York City, exceptional
exhibits included: “Jewish Learning in America” at the Jewish
Theological Seminary; “American Jewish Historical Organiza-
tions,” Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion;
“Maimonides in American Jewish Scholarship,” Mendel Gottes-
man Library, Yeshiva University; “Early Jewish Americana,”
Jewish Culture Foundation, New York University; “Jewish Life
in America,” Hamilton Fish Branch of the New York Public
Library; “Books and Curricular Aids for the American Jewish
Tercentenary,” Jewish Education Committee, and “Rare Manu-
scripts, Books and Related Materials in Commemoration of the