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N a d i c h —W in n e r s o f
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L i t e r a r y A w a r d s
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saw Ghetto. He is known as a benefactor of the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary of America, a founder of the Solomon Schechter
School in Queens and a member of Park Avenue Synagogue. The
judges for the award were Dr. Shlomo Noble, author and scholar
at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; Dr. Jacob Kabakoff,
head of the Hebrew department of Lehman College, and Dr.
Zevulun Ravid of the faculty of The Jewish Theological Seminary
of America.
The judges have selected for the award a distinguished Hebrew
scholar Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, the spiritual leader of Congrega-
tion Beth Medrash Hagodol in New York. Rabbi Oshry studied
at the famous Lithuanian yeshivot including Ponovez, Slobodka
and Radin and received
Semikhah
at the age of eighteen from
leading European rabbis. He was rabbi in Kovno in 1944 after its
liberation. In 1946 he founded a Yeshiva in Rome for refugee
students and later served in the rabbinate in Montreal where he
was also dean of the Yeshiva Maor ha-Golah. Rabbi Oshry was
vice-president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of America and
Canada, a member of the presidium of the Rabbinical Board of
Greater New York, chairman of its Bet Din and also president of
the association of rabbis, victims of Nazi persecutions. In addition
to the work for which he is receiving the award, Rabbi Oshry has
written
Hurban L ita
and
Otzar ha-Pesah.
Rabbi Oshry’s monumental three-volume work of responsa per-
taining to the Holocaust period is a fitting tribute and enduring
monument to the rabbis and Jewish sages who were martyred
during World War II.
Sheelot u-Teshuvot:mi-Maamakim
is quite
unique in Holocaust literature in that it does not deal with his-
tory, biography and the other areas generally embraced in the
category of
Hurban
literature. It is a compilation of responsa to
questions that were put to Rabbi Oshry while he was rabbi in the
Kovno Ghetto. These questions reflect the problems that faced
pious Jews at a time when, literally hovering between life and
death, they clung tenaciously to their faith.
Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award
The judges of the Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award
for poetry were Dr. Charles Angoff, president of the Poetry Society
of America; Dr. Avraham Soltes, past president of the National
Jewish Music Council; Dr. Judah Stampfer, professor of English
at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Dr. A.
Alan Steinbach, editor of the
Jewish Book Annual
and author of
several volumes of poetry.
The judges have selected for the award Mrs. Ruth Finer Mintz
for her book
Traveler Through T ime.
This is the second time