Page 186 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 17 (1958-1959)

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As in the past, the Detroit JCC’s annual book fair—a Jewish
Book Month headliner for years—offered a variety of projects
including children’s programs, a Yiddish-Hebrew Night, a con­
cert, a community sing for the youngsters and a panel discus­
sion. There was a literary evening for men and one for women
and the distribution of awards to winners in the poster and
literary contests for the children.
In Cincinnati a joint effort by the Bureau of Jewish Educa­
tion and the local Jewish Community Center resulted in a
banner celebration. Events included a lecture in Hebrew on
the role of the Jews in the western world, a story hour for
children at branches of the public library and a lecture on the
Hebrew poet Bialik.
A throng of several hundred jammed the auditorium of the
Theodor Herzl Institute in New York City to hear the Jewish
literary authorities, Dr. Shlomo Bickel and Jacob Glatstein. The
meeting, sponsored jointly by the Jewish Book Council and
the Institute, was devoted to “The Impact of the State of Israel
on Yiddish Literature.”
Highlights of the Book Month celebration in New Brunswick,
N. J., included a talk by Dr. Liptzin, noted scholar and author,
a Hanukah Book Month event, and an exhibit of Jewish cere­
monial objects. Two study programs were launched by the Cen­
ter to coincide with the opening of Book Month—a course in
Hebrew and one entitled, “Panorama of Post-Biblical Jewish
To the many exhibits, lectures and panel discussions that
for years have been the pattern in Los Angeles, the community
added this year a Jewish Book Fair at the Westside Jewish
Community Center.
In Winnipeg, Canada, the youngsters at the YMHA got into
the act when they worked like beavers on scrapbooks showing
Jewish life in Canada. These were sent to Israeli children. In
Cleveland most major Jewish organizations had a hand in the
local celebration, with leadership given by the Jewish Com­
munity Centers, the Bureau of Jewish Education and the women’s
organizations of the Jewish Community Federation. In St. Paul,
the Jewish Community Center joined with the Hebrew schools
and synagogues in the first city-wide Jewish Book Festival.
Numerous local affiliates of national Jewish organizations
connected with the Jewish Book Council of America, dedicated
meetings and arranged special programs to mark Jewish Book
Month. Rabbis in synagogues preached sermons on Jewish books
and teachers in religious schools encouraged the reading of
juvenile volumes. As usual, many public libraries in communities
with a substantial Jewish population arranged fitting exhibits.
Through this broad gamut of activities, of which only a few
examples have been noted, the Jewish Book Council of America,