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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUAL
unnecessary to mount a full display as in previous years. Instead,
the presence of the Council was the essential factor to be stressed.
Rabbi Philip Goodman graciously accepted to arrange for the
Council’s presence at the fair. His activity was most welcome.
PUBL ICAT IONS
Our publications, 45 in number, were available and received
wide distribution. A revised edition of “Selected Paperbound
Books of Jewish interest,” by Louise R. Fluk, was a special
feature of this year. Dr. Jacob Kabakoff’s bibliography of “Mod­
ern Hebrew L iterature in T ransla tion” was also distributed.
INFORMAT ION SERVICES
Th roughou t the year the Council continued to receive re­
quests from authors, readers, libraries, publishers, researchers,
etc., who seek particu lar information on Jewish books. Full
guidance is given to them and often contacts are made with the
organizations tha t can provide them with the special resources
requested. Thus the Council maintains its active role as the
coordinating body and resource center for the Jewish book in
America.
EXECUT IVE BOARD MEETINGS
The Executive Board held two meetings this year: On Decem­
ber 16, 1976, and March 24, 1977. In addition to its regular
business, the reports of the Selection Committee and the Com­
mittee on Jewish Bibliophiles aroused great interest. Moreover,
greater cooperation with the Association of Jewish Book Pub­
lishers resulted. Its Executive Director, Robert Garvey, and
others participated in the Council’s meeting. Dr. Hoenig likewise
joined in the deliberations of the Association, introducing
Sharon Strassfeld as a new member. The Jewish Book Council
associated itself with the National Council of Yiddish and Yid­
dish Culture. Mr. Leon Rubinstein represented the Council.
T he Council also considered aiding in the dissemination of
Jewish books translated into Russian for new Jewish Russian
immigrants in America. I t also took special cognizance of the
awarding of the Nobel Prize to Saul Bellow.