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The mounting interest of Jewish communities in programs
illuminating the Jewish cultural heritage was very much in
evidence at lectures on a variety of literary subjects. Maurice
Samuel, author, lecturer and critic, attracted a huge crowd in
Washington, D. C., at an affair dedicated to the 100th anni-
versary of Sholem Aleichem. Sponsored by the Jewish Com-
munity Center and the Jewish Community Council, the event
also marked the dedication of the Louis E. Spiegler Judaica
Library, in memory of the late Center leader.
Atlanta Jewry came in droves to hear Meyer Levin at the
Jewish Community Center’s book fair and the opening of its
Jewish cultural series. Other well known speakers heard else-
where during the Month included Dr. Nelson Glueck, author
of
Rivers in the Desert ,
Leo Rosten, author of
The Re turn of
Hyman Kap lan ,
who spoke at a program in Hartford (sponsored
by the Jewish Community Center, the American Jewish Con-
gress and the Greater Hartford Jewish Book Month Committee),
and Harry Golden.
Children and teenagers were very much in evidence at Book
Month events. In Indianapolis, Jewish Community Center
youngsters competed in a contest through essays and drawings
based on Jewish themes. The San Antonio Jewish Community
Center sponsored a book review and art contest in honor of the
Month for community youngsters, and opened the competition
to children of military personnel in the area.
The book fair at the Atlanta Jewish Community Center ar-
ranged special story sessions for the youngsters. In Camden,
N. J., where the Arthur S. Blume Memorial Library was dedi-
cated at the Jewish Community Center, the library offered the
children eager to do research a section on reference works in
Judaica. In New Brunswick, where the Jewish Community Cen-
ter played an important role in many outstanding events, a book
review service for teenagers was set up and a Bible quiz held
for public school children.
Hundreds of books were sent for children of GIs by women
affiliated with JWB’s Women’s Organizations’ Division. In
Washington, D. C., the Serve-A Committee included in its
Hanukah shipments to military posts books for adults and GIs’
children.
The New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Council, spon-
sored by the Jewish Education Committee of New York and the
Metropolitan Section of JWB, arranged a workshop at the home
of Mrs. Charles Schwartz on “The Utilization of the Library in
Synagogue, Center and School.” Dr. A. Alan Steinbach gave the
keynote address and Mrs. Augusta Saretsky served as moderator
of a panel of librarians. The workshop attracted people not only
from New York but also from Connecticut and New Jersey.