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NAD ICH / HAROLD U. RIBALOW
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sets fo rth the recollections o f rabbis and politicians, journalists
and representatives o f the arts, labor leaders and scholars, Zion­
ists and novelists.
In the tercen tenary year o f Jewish settlement in America there
appeared
Mid-Century,
an anthology o f Jewish life and culture.
The fifty contributors chosen by Ribalow for this volume include
American Jewish leaders in theology and philosophy, belles-
lettres and Zionism, education, and journalism . Categories of
subjects include the existential status o f the Jew in a Christian
community, belonging and survival, culture and Zion.
Ribalow collaborated with Samuel Caplin in editing
The Great
Jewish Books
(and the ir influence on history), a volume widely used
in adult education courses. T he book contains well written essays
by twelve scholars on a similar num ber o f Jewish classics from the
Bible to the poetry o f Bialik, with selections and biographical
sketches. Ano ther highly useful book by Ribalow is his
What's Your
Jewish I .Q .? ,
containing eighteen separate quizzes and 1800 ques­
tions and answers about Judaism , an ideal book for informal Jew­
ish education th rough home games or for use in schools and sum­
mer camps.
ENGLAND AND ISRAEL
Ribalow’s enjoyment o f good theater is shown in his work,
Arnold Wesker,
the first full-length study o f one o f England’s ou t­
standing dramatists. He analyzes the work o f this Jewish play­
wright within the pattern o f British social, cultural, and literary
trends. England was one o f Ribalow’s favorite countries. He
visited London more than any o the r foreign city and for his last
trip, when he was already quite ill and could not travel to Europe,
he made do with Bermuda because o f its British ambiance.
For most o f his professional career he was associated with the
Israel bonds organization and served as head o f the publicity and
public relations departm en t o f its New York region. T h a t posi­
tion suited him well because it enabled him to articulate his great
love for the land and people o f Israel. It pleased him tha t his two
grandchildren whom he loved with such intensity were born in
Jerusalem. T h ree months afte r the Six Day War there appeared
his book,
Fighting Heroes of Israel,
tha t set forth the adventurous
lives and exploits o f the grea t Jewish warriors from Judah
Maccabee to Moshe Dayan. He combined his love o f Israel with