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1977 National Jewish Book Awards
of the JWB Jewish Book Council
Following is the substance of the presentations of the National
Jewish Book Awards of the Jewish Book Council of the Jewish
Wel fare Board held on June 26, 1977 at the Park Avenue Syna­
gogue, New York City.
CHARLES AND BERT IE G. SCHWARTZ AW A RD
T
h e
aw a r d
for
a
J
ew ish
juvenile book was presented by Ernest
S. Schwartz on behalf of the children of Charles and Bertie
G. Schwartz.
The judges included Mamie Gamoran, who has written
Fun
Ways to Hol idays , Hi l l e l ’s Calendar
and
New Jewish History,
Libby Klapperman, who has co-authored
The Story of the Jewish
People,
vols. 1-4, and Shirley Milgrim, who herself was last
year’s winner of the National Jewish Book Award for her work
entitled
Haym Salomon: Liber t y’s Son.
They unanimously chose to select Mrs. Chaya Burstein for
her book entitled
Rifka Grows Up,
published by Bonim Books
of the Hebrew Publishing Company. A native of New York,
Mrs. Burstein has long been involved in illustrating and writing
children’s stories. As with her other published book,
Jlifka
Bangs the Teakett le ,
Mrs. Burstein both wrote the text and
illustrated
Rifka Grows Up.
Ri fka Grows Up
is based on the character of her mother whose
recollections of her childhood in a Russian village provide
constant inspiration. T he story revolves around a young girl
who is caught between her dream of getting an education and
seeing the world amidst the political turmoil of czarist Russia
prior to the revolution.
WILLIAM AND JANICE EPSTEIN AWARD
T he fiction award was presented by William Epstein, a member
of the Executive Board of the Jewish Book Council and the
president of Bookazine, one of the largest book wholesalers in
the country. Bookazine publishes
Judaica Book News,
a magazine
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