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Jewish Books in Review .
The sorely felt diminution of book
reviews and their ultimate elimination were matters of urgent
concern for the Council. To remedy the situation an experiment
was undertaken beginning in September 1981 in which the
Council circulated five packets of a half-dozen reviews of recent
books to the Anglo-Jewish press. The results have been most
encouraging, the reviews having been reproduced in over fifty
newspapers. Where Jewish Bookland had a peak circulation of
15,000, these reviews in local Jewish newspapers reach approx­
imately one million homes.
Library Citations.
By 1967 the Council had granted citations of
merit to 195 libraries of Jewish Community Centers, schools,
synagogues, and other such agencies. As of 1982 over 250 li­
braries have been honored.
National Jewish Book Awards.
The Jewish Book Council has
continued to encourage literary activity by means of awards estab­
lished by special friends, farsighted individuals who are con­
cerned with the perpetuation ofJewish culture. Presently, awards
are given in these areas: Children’s Literature, Holocaust, Israel,
Jewish History, Jewish Fiction, Jewish Thought, Visual Arts, and
Yiddish Literature. To recapitulate the award winners would be a
major undertaking, and, again, the interested reader is referred
to previous volumes of the Jewish Book Annual.
The Jewish Book Week observances which began
over a half-century ago first utilized mimeographed bibliog­
raphies to encourage and promote the reading of Jewish books.
Since then, the Jewish Book Council has been the principal pro­
ducer and distributor of bibliographies of books of Jewish inter­
est. Again, volume 25 of the Annual contains a list of bibliog­
raphies produced since the founding of the Council. The Jewish
Book Council has continued to publish new or revised lists in such
areas as art, children’s literature, Hebrew literature in translation,
Holocaust, and Sephardic Jewry. Other publications include a
manual of library procedures, standards for center, synagogue,
and school libraries, and programming materials for Israel’s
Twenty-Fifth birthday and the American Bicentennial.
Community Service.
Besides making available information col­
umns, book awards, book reviews, and publications, the Jewish
Book Council has cooperated in publishing materials with the
American Jewish Historical Society, the Association of Jewish
Libraries, Yeshiva University and others. The Council has a r­