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At its centenary celebration, the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations can veritably assert that it is the largest publisher
of Jewish books and film strips outside the State of Israel.
Prominent among the centenary exhibits of UAHC publica­
tions will undoubtedly be the book described as the “best book
in any language on the Holocaust” by Katriel Katz, director
of Yad Vashem, the institute in Israel which serves to memorialize
the Jewish victims of Nazism. It is
Out of the Whirlwind,
an an­
thology edited by Rabbi Albert H. Friedlander and illustrated
by Jacob Landau. It is a sophisticated selection from the raw source
materials of the Nazi genocide period, and is intended for Temple
high school students. It was published out of the Union’s con­
viction that the Nazi Holocaust must never be allowed to be
forgotten either by Jewish youth or by the world at large.
Another remarkable exhibit will be a new series of books for
the teaching of Hebrew, entitled
Mah Tov.
The authors directed
the work at the English-speaking Jewish children of America, but
they wrought so well that the Ministry of Education in Israel
is using it as a vehicle for teaching ethical Jewish values to
Israeli children. Central to the texts is the idea that Jewish
children will receive a course in Hebrew that simultaneously
introduces them to the noblest ideals of Judaism as expressed by
the prophet Micah.
Another exhibit may well be decorated with symbolic blue
ribbons. With amazing regularity the educational film strips
published by the Union have won prizes in the field of audio­
visual education. Each color film strip is now accompanied by
a cassette, enabling the pupils seeing the picture to hear a
voice interpreting it, sometimes with appropriate music. Among
the film strips that have won national honors are: “Hillel, Teacher
of Love,” “The Dura Synagogue and Its Art,” “The Samaritans,”
“The Baal Shem Tov,” and “Judah Touro.” These were “first”
awards of the National Council of Jewish Audio-Visual Ma­
terials. The film strip entitled, “Dr. Leo Baeck: Man of Faith,”
won the Silver Award of the American Film Association.
Another example of innovative literary enterprise is the youth
Keeping Posted,
edited by Edith Samuel. The remark­
able quality of this magazine is that it stimulates active involve­
ment on the part of its youth readers. As the name implies, it is
a medium for alerting the youth to events and problems of the
current scene. It concentrates on problems the youth suggest and
sense as their own. Supplementary editions are published for the
guidance of parents, as well as for teachers, so that the discussion
initiated in the classroom may be continued in the home. Among
the subjects featured in recent issues have been: “Moment of