A treasure trove of American Jewish literary news and opinion spanning the second half of the 20th century is now available as a free digital archive.
Launched in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Jewish Book Council, the searchable archive of the Jewish Book Annual is the culmination of a multiyear partnership between the council and the Center for Jewish History, which provided the technological resources to digitize the 56 issues of the journal through its Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory.
Published by the Jewish Book Council, or JBC, from 1942 through 1999, for many decades the Jewish Book Annual was a trilingual journal, with distinct sections in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish that included a review of the previous year in Jewish literature, a complete bibliography in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, and essays on important figures and events on the Jewish literary scene.
“Fundamentally, the publication was about the American Jewish community and its members,” said Nat Bernstein, JBC’s manager of digital content and media. “Writers had their fingers on the pulse on the Jewish community and found ways to reflect that in a literary journal.
Direct to to Jewish Book Annual Online Archive