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JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL OF AMERICA
1955-1956
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JEWISH BOOK MONTH
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N estimated 2,000 Jewish organizations including synagogues,
- Jewish Community Centers and Jewish schools as well as
Jewish and public libraries participated in the twelfth annual
nationwide observance of Jewish Book Month from November 4
to December 4, 1955. Programs for the celebration included ex-
hibits, book fairs, book reviews, symposia, lectures, receptions
to authors, plays, radio and television events and special sermons
which were delivered on Jewish Book Sabbath, November 19.
Noted Jewish authors and scholars were heard at scores of lectures
across the country. A talk by Maurice Samuel, author, critic and
translator, at the New York 92nd Street YM-YWHA, launched
the Month in New York. Five additional Jewish Book Month
lectures were scheduled by the “Y” on “Jewish Values in Litera-
ture.” Charles Angoff was the featured speaker at a meeting of
the Council’s New York Metropolitan Chapter, chaired by Dr.
A. Alan Steinbach. Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik, president of the Jewish
Book Council, appeared on the TV program devoted to Jewish
Book Month, “The Fourth R ,” sponsored by the New York
Board of Rabbis. For the first time,
Congress Weekly
, published
by the American Jewish Congress, devoted an entire issue to
Jewish Book Month, featuring an article on “ Impact of Jewish
Book Month,” by Rabbi Pilchik. The
Antiquarian Bookman
fea-
tured the Month on its cover. “The World of Sholom Aleichem,,,
a play consisting of three dramatized folk tales, went on tour to
forty-four communities during the Month under the sponsorship
of the JWB Jewish Center Lecture Bureau.
Sixty-five Jewish organizations in Detroit joined with the Jewish
Community Center in its sponsorship of the fourth annual Jewish
book fair. Highlights of the three-day fair included a seminar on
Jewish literary achievements during the year, a Yiddish-Hebrew
evening, a number of children’s programs, and talks by leaders of
the Jewish Publication Society of America. The five thousand
persons who attended purchased 1,900 volumes, twice as many as
in the previous year.
Community participation also marked the Los Angeles ob-
servance, co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library and
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