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Bible.” The Jewish Community Center of Easton, Pa., initiated
a series of eight sessions on “The Relevance of the Bible to
Contemporary Life.” “A Journey Through the Bible,” a lecture
recital by Abraham and Blanche Halpern, was featured as a
special event in honor of Jewish Book Month by the Theodor
Herzl Institute in New York. Senior citizens groups of two
branches of the Greater Miami JCC took part in a program on
the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In many places Jewish book displays were set up in Center
lobbies and in windows of local department stores. The Women’s
Activities Committee of the YM-WHA-lrene Kaufman Centers
in Pittsburgh, Pa., arranged a display which included an an-
cient Sephardic Bible, a white satin, hand-illuminated Bible and
a Bible only one and one-half inches square. The white satin
Bible was lent by Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Rogal. Carnegie Li-
brary in Oakland furnished a display of Bibles and Jewish
ceremonial objects in its public affairs room. In Los Angeles,
ancient and rare Bibles were exhibited at the Jewish Commu-
nity Library, a Jewish Federation-Council agency. In Atlantic
City, N. J., as part of the local JCC-sponsored Jewish Book
Month observance, Lit Brothers Department Store featured a
Jewish book exhibit on its mezzanine floor, and the Free Public
Library had two showcases of Jewish books.
The Newark YM-YWHA issued “A Jewish Book Month Guide
for Leaders,” based on program materials prepared by the
Jewish Book Council. The demand for the materials of the
Council was so great that the stock of Jewish Book Month posters
and Jewish book marks was soon completely exhausted. “Bring-
ing the Jewish Book into Your Program” was the theme of a
six-session lecture course for program chairmen, given at the
Theodor Herzl Institute in New York City by Mrs. Charles
Schwartz, national book, library and publications chairman,
National Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America.
In Chicago, a Board of Jewish Education-sponsored Jewish Book
Month seminar on the new Bible translation attracted 500 Jew-
ish religious school teachers.
Press coverage of Jewish Book Month broke all previous rec-
ords, and editorial comment was uniformly favorable. JWB and
the Jewish Book Council were applauded for selecting “The
Bible: Eternal Book” as the Month’s theme. Several newspa-
pers suggested that Jewish Book Month be conducted every
month. One writer called the Month “one of the loftiest and
encouraging deeds of the Jewish Book Council of America.”
Other editorials saw the Month as helping to achieve “Two ob-
jectives of JWB and its family of agencies: The promotion of
Jewish culture in America and the development of creative,
informed and happy American Jews.”