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J EW I S H BOOK COUNC I L
OF AME R I C A
1958-1959
By
P
h i l i p
G
oodman
Jewish Book Month
T
HE fifteenth annual observance of Jewish Book Month,
marked through hundreds of colorful and edifying literary
events involving the total Jewish community—from Vancouver
to Miami, and New York to Los Angeles—was conducted from
November 7 to December 7, 1958.
The theme of the Month, “Israel: Land of the Bible,” was
dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the State of Israel. Through
lectures, plays, authors receptions, Israeli Book Festivals, book
reviews, literary contests and children’s programs, the observance
fed American Jewry’s hunger for knowledge of its literary herit­
age and also served to express its concern for Israel. To facili­
tate the use of the theme, the Council prepared and distributed
two booklists:
Selected Books on Israel,
by Sylvia Landress, and
Children's Book on Israel.
The September, 1958, issue of
In
Jewish Bookland
and volume 16 of the
Jewish Book Annual
were dedicated to Israel’s tenth anniversary.
Scores of community-wide projects marked Jewish Book Month
this year, in which JWB-affiliated Jewish Community Centers,
synagogues, book councils, book month committees, community
councils, community libraries and public libraries participated.
GIs paid tribute to the Jewish book at military posts in the
U. S. and overseas. Hundreds of Jewish classics were shipped
to overseas installations by women affiliated with JW B ’s Women’s
Organizations’ Division as their salute to the Month.
Jewish Book Month in Philadelphia featured an extraordinary
exhibit of 200 books of Jewish interest at the Free Library. The
display with the theme, “The Jewish Family and Its Books,”
contained works on the role of Jews in Pennsylvania and in
the U. S. It featured paintings by a number of outstanding
modern painters such as Chagall, Weber and others. Sponsors
of the celebration here were the
Jewish Exponent,
the Jewish
Publication Society of America and the Jewish Library As­
sociation.
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