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PH ILIP GOODMAN
Jewish Book Council of the
National Jewish Welfare Board
1975-1976
JEWISH BOOK M O N T H
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Bicentennial Celebration” was
the theme of Jewish Book Month, observed from October 31st
to November 28th, 1975. Selected to call attention to literature
dealing with Jewish life in America during the past two centuries,
the theme was used by hundreds of organizations for a wide
variety of programs. The Jewish Book Council distributed an
attractive red, white and blue poster, designed by Sy Warsaw;
it featured the Liberty Bell with the verse from the Book of
Leviticus, “ Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the
inhabitants thereof.”
The Council also issued a series of bibliographies dealing with
American Jewish history, biography, fiction, children’s books,
and dramatizations, as well as
Programs for ’ 76: Programming
Suggestions for Jewish Groups during the American Revolution
Bicentennial Celebration,
prepared by Hannah Grad Goodman.
The
Jewish Book Annual,
volume 33, featured a Bicentennial
section with articles and bibliographies appropriate to the cele­
bration. The JWB Jewish Book Council was the recipient of a
certificate of participation from the New York City Bicentennial
Corporation “ in recognition of the outstanding contribution
made to New York City’s program for commemorating the 200th
anniversary of American independence.”
The broad gamut of Jewish Book Month activities is reflected
in the following listing culled from reports received by the
Council: exhibits and portable displays of modern and rare
books, manuscripts, art works; lectures, sermons, discussions,
symposia, panel discussions; book reviews, meet-the-author ses­
sions, author-meets-the critic, receptions to authors; story hours,
plays, pageants, dramatic readings; radio and television broad­
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