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photographs and dance descriptions, all of them in celebration
of ancient and new Jewish folk dances. In an endeavor to ex-
plain the more common aberrations in the names of American
Jewish children with non-Jewish names Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch,
in his
These are the names
(N.Y., Jonathan David, 1948) points
out that certain Christian religious appellations have become
more common among Jews than among Christians. The
Symposia
and addresses
of the inauguration of Dr. Nelson Glueck as the
fourth president of the Hebrew Union College, March 12-15,
1948, Cincinnati, Ohio (1948), contains significant discussions
of aspects of American Jewish religious life and related subjects.
Of the various publications which appear annually with more
or less regularity, there was published the fiftieth volume of
the
American Jewish Year Book.
I t is the first of such Jewish
publications which can point with justifiable pride to an un-
interrupted record of half a century of continuous service in
the dissemination of information essential for Jewish religious
and communal life. The Hebrew Union College issued its twenty-
first
Annual
and the Jewish Book Council of America added
a seventh volume to the series of its tri-lingual
Jewish Book
Annual.
The Central Conference of American Rabbis published
another one of its
Year Books
and both the Orthodox and Reform
Rabbis have published their annual sets of Holy Day sermons.
The Academy of Jewish Research issued another volume of
its
Proceedings
while the American Jewish Historical Society
converted its
Publications
into a quarterly. The Zionist Or-
ganization of America and the Palestine Foundation Fund have
become the joint publishers of the
Palestine Year Book and Israeli
Annual
5709, edited by Sophie A. Udin, who, incidentally, is
also responsible for the ably compiled and very useful
Palestine
and Zionism
, a three year cumulation 1946-1948, containing
an author and subject index to books, pamphlets and periodicals
(N.Y., Zionist Archives and Library of Palestine Foundation,
1949).
A survey of the year’s output of American Jewish literature
in the light of the similar output in previous years enables one
to detect several new tendencies. There was, for example, an
obvious tendency towards autobiographical writing; people
were trying to explain the conditions and ideas that had deter-
mined their careers. There was a tendency towards historical
fiction that was perhaps even stronger among readers than
among writers. There was a new growth in the presentation
and interpretation of Jewish history; some of it was doctrinaire
but some of it was healthy and produced good books. Finally,