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J EWI SH BOOK COUNC I L OF AMER I CA
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s the Jewish Book Council of America looks forward to
the silver jubilee commemorating its founding in 1943, it is
well to review the Council’s aims which have been formulated
as follows:
To infuse in both young and old the traditional ardent zeal
for Jewish knowledge through reading the Jewish classics as
well as contemporary works.
To encourage the establishment of Jewish book shelves as
an integral part of the home environment.
To help augment Jewish book collections in libraries of
synagogues, schools, centers, and other institutions, and to
stimulate their utilization for enriching club programs, study
circles, discussion groups, and the like.
To make available books of Jewish interest for promoting
reciprocal inter-faith understanding and co-operation.
This annual report bears witness to the conscious effort made
over the years to vindicate these goals. The increase in the
dissemination of books of Jewish interest is attested by the greater
number of volumes being published, and these are listed in the
bibliographies of this volume. The growth of libraries in syna­
gogues, Jewish schools and Jewish Community Centers is chron­
icled in the article by Mrs. Mae Weine in the current issue of
the
Jewish Book Annual.
Jewish Book Month
The twenty-second annual Jewish Book Month, observed in
the United States, Canada and other countries from November
19 to December 19, 1965, again used the theme “A Jewish Library
in Every Jewish Home.” Most of the major national Jewish
organizations encouraged their local chapters to participate in
the celebration of Jewish Book Month and issued suggestions
and program guides for their use. These organizations as well
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