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Awards for Best Jewish Books of 1951 Presented in New York

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Five awards carrying cash prizes totalling $800 for 1951’s best works of Jewish interest in the fiction, poetry and juvenile fields were presented today at the annual meeting of Jewish Book Council of America, sponsored by the Jewish Welfare Board.

The $250 Samuel H. Daroff Fiction Award, named for its donor, Samuel H. Daroff, Philadelphia communal leader, went to Zelda Popkin, New York, for her “Quiet Street.” The $250 Isaac Siegel Memorial Award for 1951’s best Jewish juvenile in English was given to Mrs. Sydney Taylor, New York, for her “All-Of-A-Kind Family.” The three Harry Kovner Memorial Awards of $100 each went to: A.M. Klein, Montreal, for his cumulative contributions to English-Jewish poetry. Mordecai Jaffe, New York, for his Yiddish translation of “Anthology of Hebrew Poetry;” and to Prof. Hillel Bavli, New York, for his cumulative contributions to Hebrew poetry.

Dr. Mortimer J. Cohen, of Philadelphia, who retired as president of the Jewish Book Council of America, was honored at the meeting with a special testimonial of appreciation granted “in recognition of his distinguished contribution to Jewish literature and of his leading role in effectively promoting the ideals of the Council.” Dr. Sol Liptzin, chairman of the Department of German and Slavonic Languages, of City College of New York, was elected president.

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