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P h i l ip Goodm an
Jewish Book Month
N calling on Jewish organizations across the country to take
part in the 17th annual nation-wide observance of Jewish
Book Month, Dr. A. Alan Steinbach, president of the Jewish
Book Council of America, sponsored by the National Jewish
Welfare Board, said that “the Jewish Book Council provides the
sparks that fan into the literary efflorescence seen in hundreds
of colorful and meaningful Jewish Book Month events sponsored
by virtually every kind of Jewish organization. . Who can
deny, Rabbi Steinbach said, “that Jewish Book Month serves to
enrich our lives by renewing our acquaintance with the Jewish
classics of the past and stimulating our appetite for contemporary
Jewish literature.”
Hundreds of Jewish organizations in all parts of the country
responded to the call and joined in honoring the Jewish Book
and Jewish authors of the past and present during Jewish Book
Month. The celebration was marked with elan from November
11 to December 11, 1960.
Jewish Community Centers, synagogues, Jewish schools, li­
braries, museums and community wide Jewish Book Councils
observed the Month by sponsoring Jewish book fairs, exhibits,
lectures, panel discussions, children’s programs, library events,
book reviews, essay contests, dramatic readings and radio and
television programs. In addition, many Jewish chaplains, USO-
JWB field workers and local JWB Armed Services Committees
organized Book Month events.
Among the highlights of Jewish Book Month in communities
across the country were these activities:
A Havdalah service opened the unique Jewish Book Month
Fair in Los Angeles at the Westside Jewish Center under the
sponsorship of the Jewish Centers Association. A display of
Jewish and Hebrew books in Braille, an exhibit highlighting
the life and works of Sholom Aleichem, and a showing of rare
and original documents and illuminated Bibles, were some of the
features of the fair which attracted hundreds. A panel discussion
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