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HARRY KOVNER MEMORIAL POETRY AWARDS
The Harry Kovner Memorial Poetry Awards, each valued at
?100 plus a citation, were presented to authors of published vol-
umes of Jewish poetry in Hebrew and in Yiddish. The recipients
were: Naphtali Gross (posthumously) for his cumulative con-
tributions to Yiddish poetry; and Hillel Bavli for his
Aderet Ha-
Shanim
(Mantle of Years). The judges for the awards were:
Ephraim Auerbach, New York; Dr. Jacob Shatzky, New York;
Moshe Starkman, New York; Dr. Milton Arfa, New York; Rabbi
Jacob Kabakoff, Cleveland; and Prof. Shalom Spiegel, New York.
CITATION TO LOUIS M. RABINOWITZ
For the first time, the Jewish Book Council of America awarded
a certificate of honor to a distinguished Maecenas, Louis M.
Rabinowitz, “ in recognition of his generous and discriminating
devotion to Jewish literature.” His unique benefactions have
enriched the Jewish collections in numerous libraries. He also
made possible the publication of many volumes of Jewish learning.
PUBLIC RELATIONS
For the wide coverage in the general, English-Jewish and
Yiddish press of the activities of the Council, particularly of
Jewish Book Month, credit is due to the Bureau of Public Informa-
tion 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
of Jewish books, the Council is operating what is in effect an in-
formation service. Calls for information are received in an in-
creasing volume from authors, publishers, public libraries, the
general press and from non-sectarian organizations. In addition,
guidance is given to individuals and to all types of Jewish organiza-
tions in the selection of books, in the development of libraries,
compilation of specialized booklists, and in a wide variety of
other categories of services.
EXECUTIVE BOARD AND COMMITTEES
While the National Committee of the Council meets annually,
meetings of the Executive Board and of standing and special