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Grade school youngsters proudly told of the Jewish book in
a play at the Youngstown, Ohio, Jewish Community Center.
Community activities in Youngstown included unique book dis-
plays in all public libraries, a special program for older adults
at the Center and a series of book review programs sponsored
by a number of groups. Forty outstanding Chicago artists con-
tributed their paintings for the exhibit at Temple Judea as
part of the Temple’s Book Month observance. This was one
of a number of city-wide affairs.
Many programs, exhibits and radio broadcasts gave proof of
the increased interest on the part of the Jewish community of
Boston. The Yiddish Culture Club of Boston presented a
program at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library.
A reception and tea was also held for Myron S. Kaufmann, author
of
Remembe r Me to God.
As part of Jewish Book Month, a program was conducted in
the Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library, honoring the
tenth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Fanny
Goldstein, Curator of Judaica at the Boston Public Library,
extended greetings on behalf of the Boston Jewish Book Month
Committee and sketched the historical background of Jewish
Book Month. Ralph Goldman, consultant, American Committee
for Israel’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration, spoke on “Why the
Tenth Anniversary Festival Year in Israel?”
Significant book displays and sundry literary events marked
the programs conducted by Jewish chaplains in many military
posts from Maine to California. Notable exhibits were set up
at Ft. Hood, Texas, Camp Lejeune, N. C., and at many other
military posts in the United States and overseas. GI children
participated in many of the celebrations. In Los Angeles, the
local Jewish Book Month committee presented a collection of
books to the Long Beach Air Force.
Numerous local affiliates of national Jewish organizations
associated with the Jewish Book Council of America, dedicated
meetings and arranged special program to mark Jewish Book
Month. Rabbis preached sermons on Jewish books and teachers
in religious schools encouraged the reading of juvenile volumes.
As usual, many public libraries in communities of substantial
Jewish population arranged fitting exhibits.
Through this broad gamut of projects, of which only a few
examples have been noted, the Jewish Book Council of America,
as coordinator of Jewish Book Month, aims “to extend the circle
of readers of Jewish books, to revive the traditional zeal for
Jewish knowledge, to foster the practice of augmenting the
libraries of synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and other
Jewish institutions, and to promote interfaith understanding
through books of Jewish interest.”