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Jewish Book Month
IDESPREAD interest on the part of Jewish communities
and Jewish organizations in the sixteenth nation-wide
observance of Jewish Book Month in 1959 was revealed in the
large number of reports which poured into the offices of the
Jewish Book Council of America.
In exhibits, lectures, book reviews, book fairs, children’s pro-
grams and panel discussions, Jewish Community Centers, syna-
gogues, libraries and other organizations from Maine to Cali-
fornia honored the Month. Many of the community-wide pro-
grams took note of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the
world-renowned Yiddish humorist, Sholom Aleichem, and of the
25th anniversary of the death of Hayyim Nahman Bialik, poet of
the Hebrew renaissance.
Some highlights of Jewish Book Month in communities across
the country were:
Marvin Lowenthal, noted Jewish author, spoke at the Detroit
Jewish Book Fair held at the Jewish Community Center when
the Henry Meyers Memorial Library was dedicated. Other
highlights of the fair, attended by over 7,000 people, were a
Yiddish-Hebrew Night and workshops on Jewish literary re-
sources for teachers in Jewish schools and for creative writers.
Many communities went all out for book fairs this year.
Eleven Jewish organizations in Los Angeles pooled their re-
sources for an outstanding book fair at the Westside Jewish
Community Center under the sponsorship of the Southern Cali-
fornia Committee of the Jewish Publication Society. Fifteen
hundred Jewish books were on display in Hartford, Conn., at the
fair sponsored by the National Women’s League of the United
Synagogue of America. Book fairs, or unique exhibits of rare
manuscripts and current books, were sponsored by Jewish Com-
munity Centers and other Jewish organizations in Newark,
Camden, Union City, New Brunswick and Paterson, N. J.;
Indianapolis, Ind.; Omaha, Neb.; Burbank, Cal.; Chicago; At-
lanta; Nashville; and Toronto, Canada.
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