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contemporary trends, the recent Yiddish books as reviewed by
Bickel, Shatzky, Niger and Dina Abramowicz.
Hebrew lives in our Annual. Jacob Kabakoff and Daniel
Persky review the products of Hebrew Literature in America.
Menahem G. Glenn selects the Hebrew books published in Israel.
Jewish Art lives in our Annual. Alfred Werner, that careful
reporter of Jewish aesthetic expression, sums up the books on
Jewish art.
Books, books, books live in our Annual. Fanny Goldstein lists
the juveniles. Mary N. Kiev the fiction, I. Edward Kiev the non-
fiction, Solomon Kerstein the Zionist works, George J . Webber
the Jewish books published abroad.
As the fourth century begins for American Jewry, and the fourth
or fifth millennium for the descendants of Jacob, Jews are writing
in at least three languages — Hebrew, Yiddish and English. If
there is writing there must be reading. The Jewish Book Council
of America, under the sponsorship of the National Jewish Welfare
Board, is dedicated to more comprehensive and intensive Jewish
reading, that there might be more and finer Jewish writing.
Blessed be those who aid us in this task. We acknowledge with
gratitude the gifts of the Morris and Bertha Treuhaft Memorial
Fund, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the national organi-
zations affiliated with the Jewish Book Council of America and
our sponsor — the National Jewish Welfare Board — which as-
sured publication of this
We are also indebted to many
individuals whose encouragement and aid has been most stimu-
lating. Among them are Hayyim Bass, Dr. Sol Liptzin, Leo W.
Schwarz, Dr. Mordecai Soltes, Harry Starr, L. M. Stein, William
C. Treuhaft and Henry L. Zucker.
Back in 1889, Joseph Jacobs, of blessed memory, delivered a
lecture in England on Jewish ideals. One of those ideals he called
“Hallowing of History.” From earliest times we Jews have hal-
lowed history with
טראװ —
— the word — oral and
written. As long as we so hallow will our history be glowingly