Page 9 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 9 (1950-1951)

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With this volume of the
Jewish Book Annual
the Jewish Book
Council of America moves into a new period of its existence. Un-
like political parties, no promises will be made nor will policies
be set forth; only hopes will be expressed. Those hopes are simply
stated. First, that the Jewish Book Council may continue to
serve to bring the message of Jewish books into more and more
communities throughout this broad land through Jewish Book
In Jewish Bookland
, the
Jewish Book Annual
and the
other activities of the Council. Second, that the new administra-
tion of the Jewish Book Council show as much wisdom and vision
as that of Dr. Solomon Grayzel who for the past six years has
served it so well as president.
The present volume of the
Jewish Book Annual
, IX, is published
in 1950, a year that lends itself to surveying fifty years of Amer-
ican Jewish literary efforts. Dr. Ludwig Lewisohn, Daniel Persky
and Dr. Jacob Shatzky summarize and evaluate this literature
written respectively in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. These essays
alone make this volume a distinguished one, for they reveal the
rich productivity of this half-century of Jewish life in the United
In addition to our usual features, we wish to note the articles
on Jewish worthies whose anniversaries are commemorated in 1950-
51: Bachya Ibn Pakuda, Solomon Maimon, Isaac Erter, Aaron
Kaminka, Alfred Landau, Israel Zangwill and S. Ansky. Harry
J. Alderman replaces Harry Schneiderman, who in past years
served so faithfully as our necrologist.
In previous volumes of the
Jewish Book Annual
, “The Year’s
Bookshelf” by Dr. Joshua Bloch was a featured and valuable
contribution. In this issue — in accordance with the decision of
the Editorial Advisory Board — Dr. Bloch’s exhaustive survey
article has been broken down into annotated booklists dealing
with non-fiction and fiction books, books on Israel and Zionism,
and American Jewish juveniles.
On behalf of the Jewish Book Council of America, I wish to
express our profound gratitude to the authors who have so gen-
erously given us of their knowledge and talent; to the editors of
the three sections — English, Abraham G. Duker, Hebrew, Moshe
Feinstein, and Yiddish, Dr. Jacob Shatzky; and to Rabbi Philip
Goodman, without whose constant and devoted service this