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honor of authors of books on American Jewish history, sponsored
by the Council and its New York Metropolitan Chapter, was held
in November, 1954. Forty-one authors were presented with cita-
tions in recognition of their contributions to the recording of
the story of American Jewry.
The tenth anniversary of Israel was the occasion for another
intensive effort. With the theme “Israel: Land of the Bible,”
Jewish Book Month activities concentrated on literature on the
Israeli State. Two booklists—
Selected Books on Israel,
by Sylvia
Landress, and
Books on Israel for Ch ildren—were
widely dis-
tributed. The September, 1958, issue of
In Jewish Book land
featured reviews of books on Israel, while volume 16 of the
Jewish
Book Annua l
included a special section on Israeli literature.
Coinciding with the publication of
The Torah ,
a new English
translation issued by the Jewish Publication Society of America,
Jewish Book Month of 1962 called attention to “The Bible:
Eternal Book.” A number of aids for programming included
B ib le Programs for Jewish Book M on th ,
by Hannah Grad Good-
man,
The B ible: A Short B ib liography ,
by Sophia N. Cedarbaum,
The Bible: E terna l Book,
by A. Alan Steinbach, and
American
Jewish Translations of the B ib le ,
by Bernard J. Bamberger. Issued
by the Council, these aids rendered possible probably the most
widespread observance of Jewish Book Month ever held. At the
request of the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry, the
Council issued
The Jews in Russia,
by Philip Goodman, an an-
notated bibliography of available books in English about Russian
Jewry.
Conferences and Meetings
The first National Conference on Jewish Writing and Jewish
Writers in America, co-sponsored by the Council and the Theodor
Herzl Institute, was held November 16-17, 1957. Its aims were to
evaluate the problems and the prospects of Jewish writing in this
country, to raise the status of Jewish writing and of the Jewish
writer, to stimulate Jewish literary creativity, to encourage writers
to use Jewish themes, to bring together Jews who write on Jewish
and non-Jewish themes, and to provide young Jewish writers with
an opportunity to meet with and learn from their more experi-
enced colleagues. The Conference met with an enthusiastic re-
sponse from the public and the writers. Nearly every writer invited
to participate accepted with alacrity.
A distinguished array of speakers representing a miniature
“Who’s Who in American Jewish Writing” included writers,
critics, and other literati of varying viewpoints. Among the par-
ticipants were Charles Angoff, Sam Astrachan, Michael Blank-