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J EWI S H B O O K C O U N C I L OF THE
NATIONAL JEWISH WELFARE BOARD
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Jewish Book Month
“Know Thyself: Read Jewish Books” was the theme of the 29th
annual observance of Jewish Book Month from November 12th to
December 12th, 1971, in which hundreds of local community
groups participated. In announcing the theme of this nation-wide
event, Dr. Judah Nadich, president of the Jewish Book Council,
said its purpose was to “ challenge people to think about their
Jewish identity,” and that “over the years, the annual celebration
of Jewish Book Month by local organizations in all parts of the
United States has given impetus to the purchase of books of Jewish
interest in English, Yiddish and Hebrew.” Jewish Community
Centers and YM-YWHAs affiliated with the National Jewish Wel­
fare Board, synagogues, Hillel Foundations, PTAs of Jewish
schools, bureaus of Jewish education, local chapters of national
Jewish organizations, Jewish military chaplains, JWB Armed
Forces and Veterans Services Committees, and Jewish and public
libraries are among the groups that observed Jewish Book Month.
Their progams represented a broad spectrum of activities: reviews
and discussions on Jewish books, lectures, dramatizations, book
review contests for children and youth, Jewish book exhibits,
“Jewish Book Sabbaths” at synagogues, and radio and television
programs. Since the conclusion of Jewish Book Month coincides
with Hanukkah, many organizations utilized the event to stimu­
late the use of Jewish books as Hanukkah gifts. At Jewish Book
Fairs, held in many communities, numerous books were sold.
Designed by Seymour Warsaw to herald the Book Month theme,
the poster was widely displayed and bookmarks, facsimiles of the
poster, were extensively distributed. It was included in an exhibit
of book posters at the International Book Fair held in Frankfort
in October, 1971.
International Book Year
The Jewish Book Council called on the American Jewish com­
munity to participate in International Book Year being observed