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when the American Jewish community is intensify-
ing its efforts to cultivate a deeper sense of Jewish people-
hood, it is most fitting that the People of the Book enlist Jewish
books in this vital cause. What renders these books so important
to the strengthening of Jewish world fellowship is that they em-
body the teachings, the strivings and history of the Jewish people
in many lands from ancient times to the present. In recognition
of this fact and in line with its expanding activities over the years,
the Jewish Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare Board
adopted the rubric “Around the World With Jewish Books” as
the theme of the 27th annual Jewish Book Month, which took
place from October 31 to November 30, 1969.
More than 2,000 groups in the United States and Canada con-
ducted Jewish Book Month programs, and organizations in Latin
American and in European countries, Israel, Australia and South
Africa held observances which gave impetus to the wider dis-
semination of books in English, Yiddish and Hebrew describing
Jewish life in different countries.
Dr. Judah Nadich, president of the Jewish Book Council, said
the theme “is intended to make more people aware of the litera-
ture on Jewish history and Jewish life in all countries. At the
same time, it reflects the increasing impact of Jewish Book Month,
which crystallizes the year-round activities of the Council to deepen
the sense of Jewish peoplehood through a wider interest in Jewish
literature produced in many lands and in many languages.”
To help organizations and groups in planning and conducting
their Jewish Book Month observances, the Council issued a new
illustrative poster, a number of program suggestions, and book
lists. The new poster was executed by Ismar David, whose designs
for books and posters have attracted wide attention in Israel and
the United States.
Dealing with the Book Month theme are the following new
published materials:
Around the World with Jewish Books: Program Suggestions,
prepared by Norman Linzer, assistant professor of Yeshiva Uni-
versity's Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
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