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A C H R O N I C L E O F T H E J E W I S H
B O O K C O U N C I L O F A M E R I C A
B
y
P
h i l i p
G
o o d m a n
O
rgan ized
in
1942, during the tragic Nazi holocaust which
brought death to numerous illustrious European Jewish
scholars and wanton destruction of great Jewish libraries
book collections, the Jewish Book Council of America is dedi-
cated to creating a Jewish cultural renaissance in America. The
Council adheres to the postulate that the Jewish book contributes
significantly to Jewish group survival, even as Jewish learning
embodied in the printed word has played a crucial role in the
development and strengthening of Jewish communities through-
out the world.
If the great American Jewish community is to add another
creative chapter to Jewish history we must have readers, students
and scholars, poets and authors. No longer can we turn for
spiritual and cultural guidance to Europe, for its great centers of
Jewish life have been tragically destroyed. While we cast yearning
eyes to Zion for “Torah and the word of God,” we know that
the State of Israel is preoccupied with unprecedented problems.
Jewish life in America needs to be developed without reliance
upon outside forces. Furthermore, American Jews with their tre-
mendous resources now have a major responsibility for the ad-
vancement of Jewish cultural life overseas. In this process Jewish
literature must play a central role.
The Council seeks to achieve its goal in the pursuit of the fol-
lowing aims:
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.
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