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G o o dm a n — C h r o n i c l e o f J e w i s h B o o k C o u n c i l
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binate, Jewish educators, public librarians and others—have
shared in many aspects of the Council’s diversified activities. The
national Jewish organizations represented on the National Com-
mittee and the members-at-large have provided the colorful and
dynamic background against which the Council has been able
to present its program and to achieve the general acceptance of
American Jewry.
We are profoundly appreciative of the active support and co-
operative efforts of the officers and members of the executive
board of the Council; the scores of contributors to, as well as the
editors of
In Jewish Bookland
and the
Jewish Book Annual;
the
judges of the annual literary awards; and the members of various
committees that function throughout the year.
Finally, we record our indebtedness to our sponsor, the Na-
tional Jewish Welfare Board, for its financial support, professional
guidance and constant encouragement which have made it pos-
sible for the Council to function effectively in its service to the
American Jewish community.
Looking Ahead
Recent years have witnessed a definite spurt in the publication
of Jewish books. It is no longer true, as was formerly the case,
that general publishers are reluctant to handle books of Jewish
interest. A perusal of publishers catalogues or of the bibliogra-
phies in the
Jewish Book Annual
will reveal that the majority
of Jewish books in English are now being issued by general pub-
lishers. This awakened interest derives from several factors: a
deeper Jewish consciousness aroused by the Nazi destruction of
European Jewry; Jewish pride in and Gentile curiosity about the
development of the State of Israel; the marked growth of local
Jewish organizations, and the frenetic activity throughout the
country during the annual observance of Jewish Book Month.
We would like to believe that some of this advance in the crea-
tion and production of Jewish books may be credited, at least
in some measure, to the year round program of the Jewish Book
Council of America.
Hundreds of reports received by the Council evidence the in-
terest in and appreciation of its work. The constant requests for
guidance in the building up of Jewish libraries, for the selection
of books and for programming suggestions and the extensive ac-
tivity during Jewish Book Month—all are indicative of the
Council’s role in the totality of American Jewish life.
“A paramount consequence of the Council’s all-inclusive appeal
to its Yiddish, Hebrew and English constituent elements, is the