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Publication of Encyclopedic Handbook on Jews Sponsored by American Jewish Leaders

A two-volume encyclopedic handbook under the title “The Jewish People, Past and present” is now being prepared and will be issued in New York in the early part of next year, it was announced here today. It will be the first complete English-language summary of the cultural, spiritual and material achievements of the Jews from Biblical times up to modern times.

The work is sponsored by a committee headed by Prof. Albert Einstein, Adolph Held, president of the Jewish Labor Committee. Henry Monsky, president of B’nai B’rith, Joseph M. Proskauer, president of the American Jewish Committee and Zalman Shneour, distinguished Hebrew poet and novelist. The contents of the handbook will be under the supervision of an editorial advisory board consisting of Prof. Salo M. Baron, of Columbia University, Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof of Pittsburgh, Prof. Mordecal M. Kaplan of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Prof. Jacob R. Marous of the Hebrew Union College and Dr. A. L. Sochar, director of the B’nai B’rth Hillel Foundation.