Annual Jewish Book Month Starts Today; to Be Observed by Communities Througbout U.S.

Jewish community centers and educational institutions throughout the United States will start tomorrow the observance of the 10th annual Jewish Book Month which is sponsored by the National Jewish Welfare Board. The Month aims to stimulate the widest possible interest in and appreciation of Jewish books and authors and to encourage Jewish literary creativity.

Synagogues affiliated with the Synagogue Council of America have set aside December 2 as Jewish Book Sabbath. Appropriate book programs will be conducted in Jewish homes on December 3, to be marked as Jewish Book Festival. Among the variety of celebrations are those commemorating the birth and death of great Jewish writers, poets, statesmen and philosophers. Major Jewish libraries throughout the country–along with hundreds of public libraries–will sponsor exhibits featuring rare books and (##)nuscripts of the past along with recently published works, including those from Israel.

A Jewish Book Month proclamation was issued by Acting Mayer of New York Vincent Impellitteri. The proclamation called on “all our fellow citizens, Jew and non-Jew, to respond to the call of the Jewish Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare Board by appropriate observances throughout the Month.”

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