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KABAKOFF / INTRODUCTION
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some forty books in its rare book collection which were printed
before 1500.
Jewish studies have undergone a remarkable growth and
expansion and are no longer the sole province of our higher insti­
tutions of Jewish learning. This is seen particularly in the field of
scholarly publishing, in which university presses now account for
the largest number of books. The role of our leading seminaries
during the past century has been a vital one in maintaining the
esteem of Jewish studies. It is to be hoped that in the years ahead
many fruitful avenues for scholarly interchange and cross­
fertilization will be opened up between ou r seminaries and
academia, particularly on the graduate level.
IV
The present volume of the
Annual
continues to cast light upon
various aspects of our many-sided trilingual literature. It brings
together articles and studies dealing not only with Jewish writing in
America, but also with Jewish literary productivity overseas and in
Israel. Moreover, it strives to include within its purview subjects rep­
resentative of the entire range of Jewish literature, from the Bible
down to contemporary letters. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our
contributors for sharing their knowledge with us.
We are once again indebted to our bibliographers for their list­
ings of the year’s literary output in America, England and Israel.
The bibliographies of English, Hebrew and Yiddish books cover
broadly the period between April 15, 1985 and April 15, 1986.
We welcome to these pages Paula Gribetz Gottlieb, who has
assumed the position of director of the JWB Jewish Book Coun­
cil. Her report of the year’s activities reflects the growing influ­
ence of the Council in American Jewish cultural life. The listing
of the 1986 National Jewish Book Awards draws attention to one
of the Council’s outstanding undertakings.
We again express our appreciation to the JWB for its role in
sponsoring the activities and publications of the Council. We are
pleased to acknowledge the support of the Lucius N. Littauer
Foundation and the contributions o f the Joseph Meyerhoff
Fund, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, the Irving and
Bertha Neuman Foundation, the Morris J. and Betty Kaplun
Foundation, the Israel Matz Foundation and the I. Edward Kiev
Library Foundation.