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JEWI SH BOOK COUNCI L OF AMERICA
1962 ־ 1961
By
P h i l i p G o o d m a n
Jewish Book Mon th
“From what was a vague hope cherished by a book connoisseur
many years ago —Miss Fannie Goldstein, formerly a chief branch
librarian of the Boston Public Library —Jewish Book Month
has flowered into an American institution.
“Th is event takes on even more significance when it is recalled
that it had to pull itself up by its own bootstraps. Th is it did
in a way not matched by other Jewish institutions —w ithout ap-
propriations, w ithout fund raising projects, and all the con-
comitant fanfare.
“The gradual but definite increase in the sale of Jewish books
—paperbacks as well as hard cover —may, if only in part, be
credited to the interest stimulated over the years by this annual
effort.
“Nor has it reached its maximum. There is still room for width
and depth. Agencies like the National Jewish Welfare Board,
parent of the project . . . appreciating the record of past per-
formance, are mindful of the vast area still to be reached.
“T o the sponsors on the national level and to the communities
throughout the land where appropriate programs are being ar-
ranged, our greetings and our best wishes for a fruitful month
ahead.”
T h e above editorial appeared in the Philadelphia
Jewish Ex-
ponen t
on November 3, 1961, the first day of the eighteenth
annual observance of Jewish Book Month. The nationwide trib-
ute to Jewish books and Jewish authors, formally concluded on
December 3, 1961, followed the pattern of previous years as
reported in earlier volumes of the
Jewish Book Annual.
It is especially gratifying to note that many of the programs
and activities initiated during Jewish Book Month are being
continued throughout the year.
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