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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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PUBLIC RELATIONS
For the wide coverage in the general, English-Jewish and
Yiddish press of the activities of the Council, particularly Jewish
Book Month, credit is due to the Bureau of Public Information of
the National Jewish Welfare Board, its director, Bernard Postal,
and George Perry.
MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
With the growing recognition of the Jewish Book Council of
America as a source of authoritative information on many aspects
pertaining to Jewish books, the Council is operating what is in
effect an information service. Calls for information are received
in an increasing volume from authors, publishers, public libraries,
the general press and non-sectarian organizations. In addition,
guidance is given to individuals and every type of Jewish organiza-
tion in the selection of books, development of libraries, compilation
of specialized booklists, and a wide variety of other types of
services.
EXECUTIVE BOARD AND COMMITTEES
While the National Committee of the Council meets annually,
meetings of the Executive Board and standing and special com-
mittees are held regularly throughout the year. Serving on these
committees which guide the actual program of the Council are
outstanding literary personalities, librarians and others who have a
contribution to make to our work.
ANNUAL MEETING
Dr. Mordecai M. Kaplan, distinguished religious leader, de-
livered the keynote address at the Annual Meeting of the Council
held on May 17, 1955, at Congregation Shearith Israel, New York,
on the works of Moses Maimonides, marking the 750th anniversary
of the death of the 12th century Jewish philosopher and codifier.
Rabbi David de Sola Pool, spiritual leader of the host congrega-
tion, extended greetings. The annual literary awards and library
citations were presented. An exhibit of scholarly works on Mai-
monides by American-Jewish authors, arranged by the Mendel
Gottesman Library of Yeshiva University, was a feature of the
meeting, at which Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik, the Council’s president,
presided.