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PAULA GRIBETZ GOTTL IEB
JWB Jewish Book Council
1986-1987
1986-1987
was
a
spec ial
year for the JWB Jewish Book Council
and it was characterized by a specific theme — successful growth
through cooperation. We started the year working closely with
the Associated Y’s on the Jewish Heritage Book Festival, then
with the Association of Jewish Libraries on its Fall Conference
and finally with UJA/Federation of New York on our successful
Jewish Children’s Book Conference. The combined exhibit at the
13th Jerusalem Book Fair united 30 publishers in ajoint effort to
bring Jewish interest books published in America to Israel. The
Jewish Publishing Night, organized by the Council and nine
co-sponsors at the American Booksellers Association Convention
in Washington D.C., was a standing-room only event. The Book
Council lay leadership changed hands as Blu Greenberg retired
from the presidency and Abraham Kremer was unanimously
elected by the board to succeed her.
CONFERENCES AND CONVENTIONS
The Council participated in
New York is Book Country
on Sep­
tember 14, 1986. The response to the Book Council material was
overwhelming and we distributed hundreds of posters, bro­
chures, bibliographies and program materials.
The first ever
Jewish Heritage Book Festival
was held in New York
City on November 9th and 10th. Nearly 100 publishers and book­
sellers displayed and sold their wares. The JWB Jewish Book
Council participated in the popular joint JWB Program Services
booth at the giant book fair sponsored by the Associated
YM-YWHA’s of Greater New York. The Council served in a con­
sulting and advisory capacity throughout the months preceding
the fair.
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