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for 20 years, American Jews have taken part in a
month long cultural event known as Jewish Book Month,
sponsored nationally by the Jewish Book Council of America
and conducted locally by Jewish Community Centers, synagogues,
public and college libraries, local affiliates of national Jewish
organizations, Jewish schools, USO-JWB groups and other insti­
In 1963, the 20th annual observance of Jewish Book Month
was celebrated from November 8 to December 8, and thousands
of men, women and youngsters in more than 2,000 organizations
and groups attended Jewish book fairs, lectures, plays, exhibits,
forums and children’s events, or heard radio and television pro­
grams, panel discussions or book reviews presented as part of
the Month.
A greater appreciation of Jewish literature has been apparent
for some time, and this is in good measure due to the sponsorship
of Jewish Book Month and other activities of the Jewish Book
Council. More books of Jewish interest are being published than
ever before, and more people are buying them. This is in part
reflected in this year’s issue of the
Jewish Book Annual,
in which
an increasing number of books of Jewish interest published in
the United States, England, Israel and other countries are listed
and briefly described.
The variety of Jewish books now available on every conceivable
subject, including a substantial number of paperbound reprints,
allows ample opportunity for every American Jew to possess his
own private collection. Hence the Council adopted the slogan
“A Jewish Library in Every Jewish Home” for the 1964 observ­
ance of Jewish Book Month.
Jewish Book Annual
A growing appreciation of the
Jewish Book Annual,
under the
editorship of Dr. A. Alan Steinbach, is evident from the critical
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