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Moscow Fair to Exhibit Jewish Books

Jewish Book Publishers is exhibiting more than 1,000 titles from more than 115 American publishers, including about 15 university presses, at the sixth Moscow International Book Fair, Sept. 8 through 14.

Members of the Russian Jewish community who attend the book fair will have an opportunity to examine Bibles and Talmuds, as well as books on Jewish religion, thought, art, history, holidays, mysticism, poetry and literature.

The exhibit includes children’s books, educational materials and works on Chasidism, Jewish life and prayer, and the Holocaust. Most of the books are in English, but a number are in Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian.

During the fair, the association expects to distribute 18,000 copies of a 64-page catalog and illustrated poster prepared by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. The catalog contains a list of the books and publishers at the exhibit as well as information about the Jewish family, holidays and life-cycle events.

Featured in the catalog are a narration of “nachas” from Charles Silberman’s “A Certain People” and an evocation of Shabbat memories by Elie Wiesel.

The colored poster includes an illustration of a 1797 menorah, a four-year Jewish calendar and a short description of the major Jewish holidays.

The association’s participation in the book fair is being supported by the Lucius N. Littauer and the Joseph Meyerhoff foundations.

Founded in 1962, the Association of Jewish Book Publishers is a non-profit organization of more than 40 publishers for the discussion of mutual concerns by those producing books of Jewish interest.

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