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in January, 1950. This has made it possible for
In Jewish Bookland
to appear
monthly instead of bi-monthly. While the circulation in 1949 of
In Jewish Book-
had been limited to 7,000, it has become possible, under the new arrangement,
to distribute copies to a mailing list of 22,000. This periodical has been receiving
an ever increasingly warm response from its growing number of readers. The same
Editorial Board continued with Dr. Mortimer J. Cohen as editor and Rabbi Jacob
Kabakoff, Dr. Jacob Shatzky, Dr. Solomon Grayzel, Philip Goodman and Arthur
W7eyne as members.
Two 15-minute radio programs for children were transcribed for use by Jewish
Community Centers and YM-YWHAs and communal agencies. The programs
are adaptations of two books:
Habibi and Yow
by Althea O. Silverman (Bloch
Publishing Co.) and
Americans A ll
by Oscar Leonard (Behrman House). The
former relates the adventures of a boy and his dog in celebrating the various Jew-
ish festivals and holidays together.
Americans A ll
dramatizes moments in the
lives of such American Jewish figures as Francis Salvador, Judah Touro, Samuel
Gompers and Lillian Wald. Heidy Mayer, story teller and star of well-known chil-
ren’s radio programs, wrote the adaptations and enacted all of the parts. Many
groups are borrowing the recordings, made available without cost, for use on their
local radio stations. Scripts of the programs, suggested opening and closing an-
nouncements and localized releases are sent with each recording.
In the observance of the 1949 Jewish Book Month, there were commemorated
significant Jewish literary anniversaries. Among these events were: the 60th birth-
day of the Yiddish poets, H. Leivick and A. Leyeless; the 100th birthday of Emma
Lazarus, the great American poetess, whose poem, “The New Colossus,” is in-
scribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, and of Oscar S. Straus, first president
of the American Jewish Historical Society; the 75th birthday of Dr. Louis Ginzberg,
world-famous Jewish scholar, and of Edmond Fleg, noted French-Jewish author;
the 50th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher, an early Zionist
writer and leader; the 75th of Moses Hess, author of the Zionist classic
Rome and
; and the 100th of Rabbi Nachman Krochmal, historian and philosopher;
the 25th anniversary of the founding of
, the daily newspaper of the Israeli
labor movement; and the 75th anniversary of the Hebrew Union College and the
25th of the Hebrew University.
The non-fiction award of $500 for a work of general Jewish interest and literary
merit, known as the “ Isadore Hershfield Award,” in memory of the late Isadore
Hershfield, of Washington, D.C. , for two generations actively identified with Jew-
ish communal affairs in the nation’s capital , was presented to Professor Guido
Kisch for his
The Jews in Medieval Germany: A Study of Their Legal and Social
A committee of Mr. Hershfield’s friends, headed by Isadore Turover,
Washington Jewish leader, made the award possible. The judges were: Dr. Gray-
zel, editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America; Dr. Jacob Shatzky, former
head of the history section of the Yiddish Scientific Institute; Dr. Joshua Bloch,
chief of the Jewish Division of the New York Public Library, and Dr. Leo Jung,
rabbi of the Jewish Center, New York.
The fiction award of $250, provided by Samuel H. Daroff, Philadelphia philan-
thropist and civic leader, was presented to John Hersey for his monumental work
on the Warsaw Ghetto,
The Wall.
The judges were: Dr. Ludwig Lewisohn, critic
and novelist; Rabbi Louis I. Newman of Temple Rodeph Sholom, New York; and
Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen, Philadelphia, editor of
In Jewish Bookland.