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SARNA / THE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
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ever. The Society’s broad cultural and educational mission for
American Jews, its general goal of promoting a more learned and
culturally vibrant community, as well as its specific efforts to fu r­
ther Jewish unity, to improve community relations, to stimulate
the Jewish consciousness of young people — all of these are time­
less concerns that no Jewish community can long afford to
ignore. Others may publish Jewish books occasionally, to make a
profit, or for prestige, but none do so for the same community-
minded reason that the Society, now with one hundred years of
experience to back it, holds up as its goal: “to provide significant,
worthwhile, and informative books of Jewish interest in the Eng­
lish language, so that the Jewish religion, history, literature, and
culture will be understood, and read, and known.”17
17
A List of Books Issued By the Jewish Publication Society o f America, 1890-1978
(Philadelphia, 1979), p. 1. For earlier evaluations o f the Society’s work, see
Maurice Jacobs, “Generations o f Jewish Literary Labor
,"Jewish Book Annual
7
(1948), pp. 89-100; and Solomon Grayzel, “Two Generations o f Anglo-Jewish
Book Reading,”
Vivo Annual
9 (1954), pp. 109-125.