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WINNERS OF THE 1972 LITERARY AWARDS
OF THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL
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Following is the substance of the presentation of literary
awards by Dr. Nadich at annual meeting of the Jewish
Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare Board on
May 21, 1972, at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York
City.
Frank and Ethel S. Cohen Award
The Frank and Ethel S. Cohen Award for a book on Jewish
thought is presented by the Esco Fund, as a memorial to the late
Frank Cohen and in honor of Mrs. Ethel S. Cohen. The judges
for this award were Mr. Abraham Berger, former chief of the
Jewish Division, New York Public Library; Dr. Sidney B. Hoenig,
professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and dean of
its Graduate School; Dr. Theodore N. Lewis, rabbi of the Pro­
gressive Synagogue in Brooklyn; Dr. Menahem Schmelzer, librar­
ian of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Dr.
Ben Zion Bokser, rabbi of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.
The judges have selected for the award Dr. Abraham E. Mill-
gram for his book
Jewish Worship,
published by the Jewish Pub­
lication Society of America. This volume is a unique contribution
to the study of Jewish liturgy, as there is no comparable book.
It is an extensive study of the development of the
siddur,
show­
ing the growth of the prayer book from infancy to maturity. The
siddur
is undoubtedly the most popular of all Jewish books, the
most extensively used and, perhaps, the least understood properly.
Dr. Millgram presents a new and lucid account of the prayer
book and its contemporary significance. This book merits a wide
distribution among all synagogue worshipers, and can be readily
used as a text book for advanced students and adults. Dr. Mill­
gram served for many years as educational director of the United
Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education. He is the author
of
Sabbath: The Day of the Delight,
also published by the Jewish
Publication Society.
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