Jewish Book Month Starts Today in Communities Throughout the Country

Observance of the annual Jewish Book Month, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare Board, will start tomorrow in most of the Jewish communities throughout the country. About 2,000 groups in all parts of the country will participate in it by carrying out various programs under the slogan “A Jewish Library In Every Jewish Home.”

Jewish Book Month programs have been scheduled by Jewish Community Centers and YM-YWHAs, synagogues, libraries, Hillel Foundations, PTAs of Jewish schools, bureaus of Jewish education, local chapters of national Jewish organizations, Jewish military chaplains and JWB Armed Forces and Veterans Services Committees. These will include book fairs, dramatizations, lectures, forums, panel discussions, exhibits, children’s events, radio and television programs and book reviews.

The JWB announced today that manuscripts were now being accepted for the JWB Playwriting Contest, a project marking observance of the JWB’s 50th anniversary designed to foster creation of original one-act plays in English depicting any aspect of Jewish life, history or folklore. Awards of $500, $300 and $200 have been set for first, second and third prizes. The contest closes next February 15.

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