Shaban Prizes for Jewish Culture Announced; Six Winners Named
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Shaban Prizes for Jewish Culture Announced; Six Winners Named

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The winners of six 1953 prizes of the Shaban Foundation for the best essays, pedagogic literature and work of Jewish artists were announced here today by the World Congress of Jewish Culture at a reception tendered to Abel Shaban, Jewish philanthropist of Johannesburg, who together with his wife Sarah, established the Shaban Foundation to promote Jewish culture.

The first prize for an essay, on relations between Israel and Jews in other countries, went to Dr. Emanuel Pat of New York. The second prize went to Abraham Golomb for an essay on the same subject. The winner of the first prize in art was the Jewish painter Itzhak Lichtenstein, while the second prize for art went to Isaac Friedlander. The first prize for Jewish pedagogic literature was won by Ch. Bez and the second went to Yudl Mark, both of New York. The first prize carries $250 and the second prize is worth $150.

Replying to greetings from prominent Jewish writers and leaders of the World Congress of Jewish Culture, Mr. Shaban said that his interest in promoting Jewish literature and art goes back to the time when he was himself an active Jewish journalist and editor of the Jewish newspaper in South Africa. One of the leading industrialists in the country now, Mr. Shaban reviewed current Jewish cultural life in South Africa and placed stress, in his report, on Jewish educational activities.

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