Page 101 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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Lecturers and Artists fo r Jewish Book Month
— With the cooperation of the Jew-
ish Center Lecture and Concert Bureau of the JWB, this publication was issued
for the guidance of organizations desiring appropriate speakers and artists to
participate in Jewish Book Month programs.
The Jewish Book Shop
— This pamphlet on the organization and operation of a
book shop was prepared by Isidore Cooperman.
Annual Report fo r 1946
— The Annual Report for 1946 which revealed graphic-
ally the intensified program of the Council was well received. The report was
distributed to key leaders throughout the country.
To encourage the publication of books of Jewish content currently unavailable
in the English language, the Jewish Book Council of America announced a book
recommendation contest. A $200 cash award for the prize-winning recommendation
or recommendations made by a person over 21 and a $100 cash award for the prize-
winning recommendation or recommendations made by a person under 21 were
Rabbis, educators, Jewish center workers and communal leaders were encour-
aged to enter the contest. The judges for the contest were: Dr. Joshua Bloch,
chief of the Jewish Division of the New York Public Library; Dr. Jacob R. Marcus,
professor of history at Hebrew Union College; and Dr. Solomon Grayzel, president
of the Jewish Book Council of America. The number of entries in the contest was
gratifying. The announcement of the winners and the awarding of the prizes will
be made on or before the opening of Jewish Book Month, November 7, 1947.
The initial planning for Jewish Book Month in 1946 which was observed from
November 15th to December 15th, with the last week, December 8th to the 15th,
as Jewish Book Week, was started at the Annual Meeting of the National Com-
mittee of the Jewish Book Council held in May, 1946. Throughout the summer
months preparations were made including the revising and printing of materials.
Communications were sent to a mailing list of approximately 300 national Jewish
organizations and central bodies concerning Jewish Book Month. Active partici-
pation was secured from the following organizations from whom we have reports:
American Association for Jewish Education, American Jewish Congress, B ’nai
B’rith Hillel Foundation, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Canadian Jewish
Congress, Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Central Yiddish
Cultural Organization (CYCO), Commission of Jewish Education of the Central
Conference of American Rabbis and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations,
Hadassah, Histadruth Ivrith of America, Jewish Chautuaqua Society, Jewish Insti-
tute of Religion, Jewish Publication Society of America, Jewish Theological Semi-
nary of America, Junior Hadassah, Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America,
National Association of Jewish Center Workers, National Council for Jewish
Education, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of YMHA’s in
Canada, National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, National Federation of
Temple Sisterhoods, National Federation of Temple Youth, National Jewish Wei-
fare Board, National Women’s League of the United Synagogue, Pioneer Women’s
Organizations, Synagogue Council of America, United Yeshivos Foundation,
Women’s Branch of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America,
Women’s Division of the American Jewish Congress, Yeshiva University, Yiddish
Kultur Farband.
The Synagogue Council of America sent communications to 1500 Orthodox,
Conservative and Reform rabbis advising them of Jewish Book Month and solic-
iting their cooperation. A follow-up communication signed by Dr. Grayzel was
sent by the Council. As a result of these two communications, hundreds of