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and adults by Samuel Spiegler (Cincinnati, 1943). To the numer-
ous textbooks on the teaching of the Bible there was added
The
Five Books of Moses
, selected and translated for Jewish youth, by
Ben-Ami Scharfstein (New York, Shilo, 1944) and
Torah Readings
,
a simplified version of the Five Books of Moses, for home, syna-
gogue, school and camp, translated and edited by Jerome L.
Hershon, (New York, Junior Publications, 1944). Useful in Jewish
schools is Judith Kaplan Eisenstein’s
Festival Songs
(New York,
Bloch, 1943).
Though American Jewish history is a subject in which there is
an obviously growing interest, the number of writers engaged in
its study seems to be comparatively small and the published re-
suits of their effort rather meagre. Except for some pertinent
articles in learned periodicals and a few local histories issued by
congregations, nothing of unusual importance was produced during
the year. However, cognizance must be taken of
Tailor s Progress
,
the story of a famous union and the men who made it, by Benjamin
Stolberg (Garden City, Doubleday, 1944), a work which, while
not directly concerned with specific Jewish experience, describes
interesting personalities and issues which have shaped the making
of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, the member-
ship and leadership of which are largely Jewish. I t is a contribution
towards the understanding of the role Jews play in bringing about
improved labor conditions in this country. Books do not abound
nowadays to explain contemporary Jewry to the average Jew.
One therefore welcomes the handy manual
Our People
,
The Jew
In America
, (New York, Cooperative Book League, 1944). The
rich information it contains is presented in popular style. “The
editors have sought humbly to impress an understanding of that
spirit which, from the earliest time of colonization, has motivated
the American Jew to sacrifice for the betterment of America and
the elevation of our people.” Quite disappointing is the little
ninety-four-page volume issued by the National Council ofJewish
Women entitled
The First Fifty Years
, a history of the Council,
1893-1943, compiled by Monroe Cambell, jr., and William Wirtz
(New York, 1943). I t is a very pale and unimpressive story of a
national Jewish organization which despite the half century of its
existence, seems to grope in the dark as to the role it ought to play
in Jewish life. I t is unable to point to any notable achievements
of durable value in American Jewish life. The National Associa-
tion of Jewish Center Workers issued
A Quarter Century
, a modest
collection of commemorative papers edited by Charles S. Bern-
heimer and Meyer Bass (New York, 1944).
Fighting fo r America
,
an account of Jewish men in the armed forces, from Pearl Harbor
to the Italian campaign, is a fine and thrilling contribution to
contemporary American Jewish history. I t is issued by the Na-
tional Jewish Welfare Board (New York, 1944). To the literature
dealing with the role of the Jews in the present war belongs also
The Forgotten Ally
by Pierre Van Paassen (New York, Dial Press,
1943) who claims that the Palestinian Jew — the forgotten ally —
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