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casts; displays in department and book stores; book presentation
ceremonies in Jewish and public libraries; essay, book review
and book poster contests; Yiddish and Hebrew evenings; Israeli
programs; literary anniversary celebrations; something for all
age groups—children’s and teenagers’ events, special ladies’ days;
library dedications; workshops for librarians and for program
chairmen. An activity meriting special mention is the book fair.
The number of book fairs with programs concentrating on book
sales is constantly growing. Following an outstanding pattern
created by the Detroit Jewish Community Center, they have
attracted large audiences and resulted in substantial sales of
It is especially gratifying to note that many of the programs
initiated during Jewish Book Month are continued throughout
the program season. Created by American Jewry, Jewish Book
Month has expanded into a literary instrumentality which
brings Jewish cultural fulfillment and inspiration to hundreds
of communities, large and small, to Jewish groups howsoever
they interpret their heritage.
In commemoration of the American Revolution Bicentennial,
eight special articles and bibliographies, each dealing with
American Jewish themes and motivations in the American litera­
ry scene, were included in volume 33 of the
Jewish Book Annual,
the only yearbook of Jewish literary creativity which is printed
in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. In addition to the special Bi­
centennial features, the 278-page volume included seven bibliog­
raphies and ten articles dealing with aspects of Jewish literature
throughout the world.
Without the generous assistance of a number of patrons of
Jewish literature, it would not have been possible to publish
this permanent record of American Jewish book production.
For their substantial assistance in making possible the publica­
tion of volume 33, we owe a particular debt o f gratitude to
three past presidents of the Council—Dr. Gilbert Klaperman,
Dr. Judah Nadich and Dr. A. Alan Steinbach. Welcome grants
were received from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation on the
recommendation of its president, Mr. Harry Starr, and from the
Israel Matz Foundation through Dr. Milton Arfa, its president.