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Comparing these results with those obtained in the 1954 survey,
we find little change in the number of communities and organiza­
tions, although the distribution of the principal types of or­
ganizations had altered. Since the request for the current data
went to a much smaller number of organizations than in 1954,
the absence of any significant change implies that there were
at least as many communities and organizations in the 1960
Jewish Book Month observance as in 1954.
New England, the midwest, and New Jersey, in that order,
led in the number of communities where observance by one or
more organizations was noted; but the midwest and Metropolitan
New York led in the number of organizations participating.
These two areas accounted for nearly the same proportion of
organizations as was reported for 1954. The 273 organizations
in both regions for 1960 constituted 39% of the total; in 1954
the corresponding proportion was 42%.
It is noteworthy that the ratio of synagogue participation
among all responding organizations in 1960 was 52%, consider­
ably higher than the 38% figure for the same group in 1954.
The relative number of responses from Jewish Community
Centers and libraries, however, did not differ materially from the
number for the earlier period. This indicates a smaller participa­
tion in 1960 of organizations like Hebrew Schools, universities
and clubs.
Types of Programs
Respondents were asked to indicate which of the following
types of program they had arranged: book fair, classroom discus­
sion, forum and lecture, group discussion, sermon and special
assembly. Since only two of these types, forum and lecture and
sermon, had been listed in the 1954 survey, comparison of the
distributions of the programs between the two periods is not
feasible. It should, however, be noted that larger proportions of
sermons and of forums and lectures, particularly the former, were
reported by those participating in the 1960 Jewish Book Month.
The increase in the number of sermons is normal in view of the
greater number of synagogues that provided information. The
book fair was the next mostly used program, followed by forums
and lectures. At least 231 sermons on Jewish Book Month were
preached; 186 book fairs were conducted; 165 forums or lectures;
140 classroom discussions; 137 assemblies and 98 group discussions
were held. In addition, a variety of other types of programs were
reported.
Sessions and Attendance
Comparison between 1954 and 1960 indicates that the total
number of sessions as well as aggregate attendance for 1960 were
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