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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
We hope other volumes will soon become available. This
dictionary appears at the right time; a few years hence much of
its information would no longer have been available.
No
Who's Who in American Jewry
had appeared since 1938/39,
and its lack was badly felt. Then in 1955 the Jewish community
received something more significant: a
Who's Who in World
Jewry
.n
Of the 10,700 carefully edited biographies, more than
half, according to the preface, are of Americans. The rest represent
all other countries in the world where Jews are found, except those
behind the Iron Curtain. Correspondents in different parts of the
world saw to it that even the remote communities were not
overlooked. Thus the book appears to be well-balanced as regards
geographical areas and professions. Important appendices give
the addresses of Jewish organizations and periodicals all over
the world.
A
Who's Who Israel
13 has been appearing periodically since the
establishment of the State. To some extent it overlaps
Who's
Who in World Jewry
, but it also contains personalities not listed
in the general work. (The reverse also occurs in a surprising
number of cases). In the 1955 edition, the major part of each
article is in Hebrew; but that of 1956, like the earlier editions, is
again completely in English. A valuable feature of this book is its
brief descriptions of government organization, municipalities,
political parties, educational institutions, and other organizations
of national importance in Israel.
We conclude this survey with what must be considered one of
the most pleasant reference books: Postal and Koppman’s
A Jewish
Tourist's Guide to the U. S.lA
Arranged by locality, it gives a brief
survey of Jewish history in each state and city and then proceeds
to list, with profuse historical notes and with illustrations, all
sites, buildings, monuments and institutions associated with
Jews — whether the association be obvious as in the case of a
synagogue, or tenuous as in that of a college dormitory named
after a Jewish benefactor, or merely a mural on a Biblical theme.
We compared the data in the
Guide
with facts known about a
number of large cities and also about a small Western town
(Jewish population ca. 120) with which we are acquainted, and
found them remarkably accurate. The authors gathered their
material not only from available printed sources, but also from
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Ed. by Harry Schneiderman and Itzhak J . Carmin. New York, Who’s Who
in World Jew ry, Inc., in cooperation with Monde Publishers, 1955. xlv, 898 p.
11
Who's Who Israel.
Tel Av iv , 19 52 -
. (Earlier editions under other titles).
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Postal, Bernard, and Koppman, Lionel.
A Jewish Tourist's Guide to the U. S.
Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1954. xxx, 705 p.