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sponsor-coordinator of the Council’s activities. The connection
with the Jewish Welfare Board was fortuitous, for it brought what
was formerly a largely volunteer and partly coordinated effort
into one of depth and focus through the J WB family of commu­
nity centers and summer camps, as well as schools and libraries.
The story of Jewish Book Week, the formation of the National
Committee for Jewish Book Week, and the re-organization into
the Jewish Book Council of America and its subsequent activities
was masterfully chronicled by Philip Goodman in the Book An­
nual’s twenty-fifth volume, and those interested can find the
details there. It would not be out of place, however, to bring some
information up to date.
Jewish Book Month.
This remains a major cultural event on the
American Jewish scene. A publicity kit containing posters and
bookmarks for adults and children is available from the Council.
In 1981 more than 700 synagogues, centers, schools, and libraries
ordered this kit. Jewish Book Month continues to be a program of
universal interest uniting the community. In 1981, for example,
the Detroit Jewish Community Center’s Book Fair was organized
in cooperation with 60 other Jewish community organizations,
and attracted 15,000 people. Book Fairs during Jewish Book
Month were held in many of the larger cities, and in New York,
the Scribner bookstore on Fifth Avenue mounted a display for
Jewish Book Month which contained the Council’s posters and
books of Jewish interest.
Jewish Bookland.
The Council’s “literary supplement” to the
JWB Circle underwent many changes after 1967. By the mid­
seventies rising costs made the production of a four-page news­
paper impractical, and with the change in format of the JWB
Circle so too did Jewish Bookland change. The reduction in space
coupled with the frequency of publication of the JWB Circle
made it difficult to present timely reviews in a comprehensive
Jewish Book Notes.
With the first issue of JWB Circle for 1982,
Jewish Bookland became Jewish Book Notes, whose purpose is
“to serve as a clearinghouse for information about programs,
activities, publications relating to books of Jewish interest, as well
as news of Council activities.”