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About Jewish Book Week

HISTORY

2019 marks the 67th year since the first Jewish Book Week in London. It was first organised by the Jewish Book Council in November 1952 under the chairmanship of Dr George Webber. Remarkably, it has taken place every year since.

Jewish Book Week began as a fairly modest four-day event, with a series of lectures by distinguished speakers and a display of books available for sale. The fact that it became so successful is a mark of Dr Webber’s prescience in discerning the Jewish public’s appetite for such a festival. He was originally from Manchester and came down to London to study law, practising as a barrister before becoming Reader in English Law at UCL. But alongside his love of law he was a Hebraist and a great booklover, and this was what gave him his overriding enthusiasm for Jewish Book Week.