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JEWI SH L I T E R AR Y ANN I VERS AR I E S
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three senior officers of the Jewish National and
University Library in Jerusalem, Curt Wormann, Issachar
Joel, and Ernst Daniel Goldschmidt observe significant birthdays.
The progress and transmission of Jewish learning is closely related
to the research facilities available at our academic institutions,
whether under secular or religious auspices. It is noteworthy that
the library of the Hebrew University existed for a whole genera­
tion before the establishment of the University, at a time when
there was but a small Jewish community in Palestine. It has now
grown to the largest collection of Jewish books, so that it truly
is a national library for the Jewish people.
We also honor two of the major figures in contemporary Hebrew
literature, Abraham Shlonsky, the gifted poet and translator, and
Johanan Twersky, the novelist. Zev Vilnay has enriched our
knowledge of the land of our fathers through numerous guide­
books and studies in the historical geography and cartography of
its various regions.
American Jewry looks for leadership to its rabbinical seminaries
and post-graduate institutions of Jewish studies. Louis Finkelstein,
Nelson Glueck, and Abraham A. Neuman have stood at the helm
of three major schools, training rabbis and scholars for the Amer­
ican Jewish community. The importance of Jewish scholarship
at our great universities is highlighted by the work of Salo W.
Baron, the prolific historian.
Moses Cordovero leads us back to a distant past, sometimes
difficult for us to understand, yet an integral part of our variegated
heritage. S. An-Ski more recently has tried to illuminate this
strange world. Thus there is always a link that ties our people
together over distances of time, space, and outlook on life.
Chronological List
January: 1, Joseph Umanski; 5, Curt Wormann; 10, Kaddish Luz;
15, Oscar I. Janowsky; 22, Else Lasker-Schueler; 30, Shalom
Albeck.
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