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BERTIE G. SCHW ARTZ
1976 National Jewish Book Awards
o f the JWB Jewish Book Council
Folloioing is the substance of the presentation of the National
Jewish Book Awards by Mrs. Schwartz at the annual ceremony
of the Jewish Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare
Board held on May 23, 1976, at the Park Avenue Synagogue,
New York City.
CHARLES AND BERT IE G. SCHWARTZ AW ARD
It is coincidental that the first award we are presenting this after­
noon is that which I established some years ago to memorialize
my late beloved husband who shared with me a deep interest in
Jewish books and who was my co-author in the writing o f
A
Modern Interpretation of Judaism: Faith Through Reason,
re­
cently republished as a paperback by Schocken Books.
The judges for the award for a Jewish juvenile book were
Lloyd Alexander, a winner of the National Book Award for a
juvenile book; Mrs. Deborah Brodie, children’s book editor of
the Hebrew Publishing Co., and Mrs. Bea Stadtler, author of
The Holocaust
for which she won the National Jewish Book
Award.
The judges were unanimous in their selection of Mrs. Shirley
Milgrim for her book entitled
Haym Salomon: Liberty’s Son,
published by the Jewish Publication Society of America. A native
of Philadelphia, Mrs. Milgrim is a founding member of the
Arts Council and a board member of the YM and YWHA of
Philadelphia as well as a board member of the Camp of the
Jewish Y’s and Centers of Philadelphia. Her considerable litera­
ry credentials include five television dramas produced by CBS,
and short stories and articles for national magazines. She received
the Golden Pen Playwrighting Award from the Jewish Children’s
Theater for her drama “ Tender Champion.” She is the author
of a book for young people entitled
Stories of Courage,
consisting
o f biographies of Jews, Her book
Halfway to Independence
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