NEW YORK (Aug. 22)
A special 54-page catalogue listing more than 1,000 book titles, records and educational materials of Jewish content and interest will be distributed by the Association of Jewish Book Publishers at the Fourth Moscow International Book Fair in the Soviet Union, September 6-12, it was reported here today.
The catalogue, prepared by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, also contains a wealth of supplementary material in Russian translation.
Included are an article on the range and diversity of Jewish book publishing in the United States; short descriptions of all the Jewish holidays; Jewish prayers; traditional Jewish recipes, including one for hamantashen; Jewish melodies and lyrics; a listing of Jewish Olympic prize winners of all countries from 1896 to 1976, and a multi-color foldout of the alphabet in Hebrew and Russian.
According to Abraham Foxman, ADL’s associate national director and head of its international affairs division, 10,000 copies of the catalogue have been printed to accommodate the expected demand. He said a similar catalogue distributed at the Fair two years ago “was snapped up by Soviet Jews who mobbed the exhibit.”
Foxman said that ADL regards the display of Jewish books at the Moscow Fair every two years as one of the most significant contributions made by the American Jewish community to the maintenance of Jewish life and culture in the USSR.
“Soviet Jews demonstrated their feelings in 1981,” he declared, “by the overwhelming enthusiasm of their response, with many of them traveling ten to 12 hours and standing in long lines just to attend the Fair and touch their Jewish roots.”