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graphed Manual of Suggestions for Jewish Book Week was con-
tinued. With the broadening, early in 1942, of its organizational
structure to include leading representatives of Hebrew and Yiddish
literature, the Council became more truly representative of the
major elements in the cultural life of American Jewry. To sym-
bolize the tri-lingual character of Jewish literary creativity in
America, a printed Annual in the three languages has been issued,
in the preparation of which all linguistic groups have participated
on an equal footing.
The achievement of the Jewish Book Council in having brought
together Jews of varying religious and cultural groupings on a
common platform of interest in Jewish literature is a striking
illustration of Jewish unity amidst colorful diversity, worthy
of emulation in other walks of life. While the differences in
the respective philosophies and ideologies of the constituent
elements are meticulously guarded and highly respected, an
opportunity is afforded, by means of the Council’s all-inclusive
approach, to cut across these divergencies and to highlight the
fundamental cultural values in which all have a common and vital
To afford agencies wider latitude in planning celebrations, the
special time set aside each year for dedication to Jewish books and
culture was extended in 1943 from a week to a month. I t was
hoped that the lengthened period would not only increase per-
ceptibly the number of organizations sharing in these observances,
but would also aid in stimulating the conduct of projects through-
out the year, so that these spiritually enriching experiences may
lead ultimately to the cultivation of abiding interest in Jewish
life and letters.
No provision was made in this Annual for an article on the
practical aspects of Jewish book programming. Instead, a bulletin
is in preparation in which outstanding activity projects, aids and
techniques are presented which have proven effective in the past.
Reports on more recent developments growing out of 1943 observ-
ances are also included. This will serve as a supplement to the
article entitled, “Jewish Book Programs All Year ,Round” which
appeared in the 1943 Annual.
The surveys of the past year’s literary output embodied in the
present yearbook seem to indicate conclusively that war conditions
have accelerated rather than retarded the tempo of Jewish book
production in the three languages. Admittedly, the current
Annual reflects the advantages and shortcomings which character-
ized its predecessors and which are inherent in any joint, voluntary
effort. Nevertheless, to have had the courage and perseverance
to undertake in such difficult days the preparation and issuance
cooperatively of this type of literary compendium, is in itself a
noteworthy example of selfless dedication to the advancement of
American Jewish literature which augurs well for the future.
An article in this Annual focuses attention upon the completion
of three-fourths of a century since the inauguration of the Yiddish