Page 113 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 7 (1948-1949)

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ROW of 50 volumes on a library shelf symbolizes a half
century of service of The Jewish Publication Society of
America. The 50 American Jewish Year Books which it has
published in as many years, among its numerous contributions
to American Jewish literature, are an invaluable series of references
to the history of the past half century and will continue to be a
source of historical reference and information.
The American Jewish Year Book has had a number of dis-
tinguished personages as its editors. The editor of Volume 1 for
the period 1899-1900 was Dr. Cyrus Adler. He continued as
editor for the succeeding volumes to number 5 inclusive and also
of number 18 (1916-1917). Henrietta Szold was associated with
him on numbers 6 and 7 and was the sole editor for volumes 8
and 9. The five succeeding volumes were edited by Dr. Herbert
Friedenwald and for volume 15 (1913-1914) Dr. H. G. Friedman
was his co-editor. Herman Bernstein edited the succeeding volume
and he was followed by Joseph Jacobs for the volume of the next
year. Then came Samson B. Oppenheim after Dr. Adler (as above
noted) with volumes 19 and 20. Beginning with number 21 (1919-
1920) Harry Schneiderman has been the editor.
The editorship of a publication detailing the events of a year is
a painstaking piece of work involving accuracy, cultural knowl-
edge, and understanding interpretation of current events. The
Jewish community of the United States owes a tribute to the
several editors and more particularly to Mr. Schneiderman for his
four decades of service to this important work, of which thirty
years have been devoted to the sole editorship of the publication.
In this connection, not only The Jewish Publication Society and
the several editors are to be commended, but, above all, the
American Jewish Committee, which assumes sponsorship for the
publication, and the members of its staff and other writers who
have contributed materially to its compilations.
To the student of Jewish affairs and to the layman who keeps
in touch with Jewish events the Year Book is a source of perennial
service and interest. Its publishers, sponsors, and editors are to
be congratulated on its Fiftieth Anniversary in having continu-