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J E W I S H B O O K C O U N C I L
O F A M E R I C A
1957-1958
By
P h i l i p G o o dm a n
Jewish Book Mon th
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HE Jewish community’s growing awareness of and interest
in the Jewish book was dramatically underscored this year
at hundreds of literary programs sponsored in connection with
the fourteenth annual celebration of Jewish Book Month, Novem-
ber 15-December 15, 1957. Colorful and unique literary acti-
vities, the presence of many literary notables at programs, and
the involvement of young people, marked the celebrations which
in scores of places were community-wide.
Some forty local Jewish organizations in Detroit joined the
Jewish Community Center in sponsoring the Sixth Annual Jewish
Book Fair. Events included an essay contest open to students
from Mexico, Canada and the United States, a performance by
the Center’s choral society, and a puppet show. Louis Golding,
noted British novelist, was the featured speaker at the Fair’s
Ladies Day. An outstanding exhibit was a highlight of the Fair.
Unprecedented activity marked the book affairs in Los An-
geles, where the celebration was led by the Jewish Community
Council. The Jewish Community Library sponsored several
displays on the contributions of Jewish authors, ancient and
modern, to the mainstream of Jewish literature and learning.
Events included a program featuring three professors of the
University of Southern California Law School in a panel discus-
sion on the contributions of Louis Marshall, dominant personality
in Jewish affairs during the first quarter of this century; special
sermons on Jewish Book Sabbath; a series of programs dedicated
to the late Dr. Philip L. Seman, who served for a decade as
chairman of the Jewish Book Month Committee; and displays
at city and county libraries, at the University of California in
Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and all city
and state colleges.
Some twenty Jewish organizations joined the Jewish Com-
munity Center of Binghamton, N. Y., in setting up Jewish Book
Month events. Here were sponsored many book Sabbath pro-
grams, displays at all public libraries, and an outstanding exhibit
at the Jewish Community Center.
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