Page 186 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 15

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HE thirteenth annual observance of Jewish Book Month
reached a new high in terms of unique and novel program
techniques and broadest community-wide activity and coopera­
tion in special events. Capacity audiences flocked to Jewish Book
Month programs, sponsored by Jewish Community Centers, city-
wide book councils, bureaus of Jewish education, colleges, libraries,
museums and other civic groups from Maine to Florida and from
California to Tokyo, Japan.
In Detroit, a novel two-way discussion via the telephone, lent
zest to a Jewish Book Month program at which a panel of critics
talked with author Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver about his book,
Where Judaism Differed
, while the author sat comfortably in his
study at home. This feature was a highlight of the fifth annual
Jewish Book Fair of the Detroit Jewish Community Center. The
Fair also included a Children’s Day, attended by 1,200 children
and their parents, a Hebrew-Yiddish Night with talks on Hebrew
and Yiddish literature, and workshops in which a number of
authors took part.
Program chairmen from virtually every major Jewish organiza­
tion, gathered at the first New York City-wide Book Month
workshop and fair, heard a variety of unique and novel techniques
for promoting interest in Jewish books during the Month and year-
round, met a number of Jewish authors and purchased large
quantities of books to bring back to their memberships. This
program was arranged by the N. Y. Metropolitan Chapter of the
Council, under the leadership of Dr. A. Alan Steinbach and Mrs.
Charles Schwartz.
Widest cooperation in the community — for years a mark of the
celebration in Los Angeles — and capacity audiences at the many
literary events distinguished the Month in that western city.
Children came with adults to the twenty book exhibits set up with
the aid of the Jewish Book Month committee, under the chair-