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branch, consisting of authors, journalists and other Americans
living in Israel, functioned for several years and now its activities
are being conducted in an informal manner.
Cognizant that books constitute an effective means to build the
two-way cultural bridge between Israel and American Jewry, the
Council agreed to participate in the three International Book
Fairs, held in Jerusalem in 1963, 1965 and 1967. At each fair, in
which more than 1,000 publishers from over 30 countries partici-
pated, the Council’s exhibit, the only one devoted to American
Judaica, featured approximately 150 selected recent volumes in
English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The exhibit attracted considerable
attention.
M ajor Commemorations
Believing that a proper understanding of the American Jewish
Tercentenary observed in 1954-1955 and of American Jewish life
can best be gained from books, the Council urged all local com-
munities and agencies to gear their programs to this historic event.
During Jewish Book Month, national and local organizations
were encouraged to place primary emphasis in their programs on
books, in English, Yiddish or Hebrew, dealing with American
Jewish life. It was further suggested that books on American
Jewish history be presented to public and college libraries and
to civic agencies as part of the Tercentenary celebration so that
the record of the three hundred years of Jews in America would
be available to the general public. Many organizations accepted
these proposals and implemented them in a fitting manner. To
assist American Jewry to observe this landmark, the Council pre-
pared special materials, including two basic booklists:
A B rief
B ibliography of American Jewish H istory ,
by Jacob R. Marcus,
and
A B ibliography of Ch ildren’s Books and Stories on American
Jewish H istory ,
by Philip Goodman. The September and October,
1954, issues of
In Jewish Bookland
were devoted to reviews of
current books on American Jewish history. Volume 12 (1954) of
the
Jewish Book Annua l
reviewed Jewish literary achievement in
America.
A special Tercentenary exhibit entitled “300 Years of Jewish
Literature in America,” prepared by the Council, was displayed
at our annual meeting, at the annual convention of the American
Library Association in St. Paul, as part of the exhibit of the
American Jewish Tercentenary Committee at the Jewish Museum
in New York, and in other communities throughout the country.
The exhibit included fifty selected books on American Jewish
history and sixteen panels of reproductions of title pages of Jew-
ish books published in America from 1640 to 1954. A reception in