Page 125 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 7 (1948-1949)

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Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Philadelphia; the Germantown (Pa.) Jewish Center;
the Temple Israel Memorial Library, Tulsa; the Elias Reznicoff Library of the
Long Branch (N. J.) Jewish Center, and the Herman Schur Reference Library,
Jewish People’s Institute of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago.
Tribute for his service to Jewish literature was paid to Maurice Jacobs at the
annual meeting of the Jewish Book Council of America held on May 19, 1948. In
presenting to him a testimonial, Samuel D. Gershovitz, executive director o f the
National Jewish Welfare Board, expressed the organization’s appreciation for the
work which Mr. Jacobs had done in the field of Jewish education and culture. The
testimonial called attention to Mr. Jacobs’ “unflagging zeal” with which he has
“stimulated Jewish authors to write, and has encouraged Jewish laity to bring
Jewish books into Jewish homes.” In accepting the testimonial Mr. Jacobs stated
that “What we have accomplished, working together, is indicative of what we can
do in the future. With the inspiration of the State of Israel, with the world’s largest
and wealthiest Jewish community to call on, we stand on the threshold of a cultural
revival in which I am positive that we, of the Jewish Book Council, will play an
important part.”
Resolutions adopted at the meeting expressed sorrow at the passing o f Benjamin
Rabinowitz, director of JWB’s Jewish Center Division; acclaimed the achieve-
ments of the Jewish Publication Society of America on its 60th anniversary; ex-
tended best wishes to JWB on the occasion of that organization’s assuming the
sponsorship of the 56-year-old American Jewish Historical Society; and hailed
the establishment of the Provisional Government of Israel.
The meeting featured a symposium on “Jewish Publishers Meet the Jewish
Community,” led by Marvin Lowenthal, noted author, as moderator. Represent-
ing the Jewish publishers were Maurice Jacobs, Solomon Kerstein, N. Majzel,
Jacob Behrman, H. Novack and Dr. Nahum N. Glatzer. Speaking for the Jewish
Community were Rabbis Bernard J. Bamberger, I. Edward Kiev and Eugene
Kohn, Dr. Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, Mrs. Anna Center Schneiderman and Dr. Joshua
Dr. Solomon Grayzel, after reporting on the successful work of the Council,
during the year, stated that “we cannot be satisfied with what has been accom-
plished in our field of activity. Undoubtedly, a tremendous amount of work still
has to be done. There are still millions of Jews in this country to whom their lit-
erary heritage remains alien. For their own sake, and for the sake of civilization
in general, this state of affairs must be rectified. The literary treasures of our past
and the fruits of Jewish thought in the present must be made available to American
Israel. To that cause, we shall continue to dedicate ourselves and our efforts.”