The Zionist Book Club was created in 1962 by the Central Region Education and Programme Department, which was responsible for the development of educational and public awareness programmes to promote Israeli and Jewish culture in Canada. The club was created to encourage the purchase and reading of Israeli literature and books with Jewish themes.
The Education and Programme Department also sponsored film festivals, art exhibitions, and Israeli, Jewish, and Zionist "Book Months," but the Zionist Book Club was the most popular of its programmes. Subscribers to the book club could purchase books at discounted prices from selected publisher lists of Israeli literature and books with Jewish themes. The book club also supported public lectures and lecture series and commissioned reviews of book club selections.
Scope and Content
The series consists of correspondence and other records relating to the selection, purchase and promotion of Zionist Book Club offerings, correspondence with book club subscribers, and information on lectures and other public events sponsored by the Club.
The file consists of correspondence and abstracts of book reviews It also contains a newspaper clipping taken from an unknown newspaper of the review of "The encyclopeadia of Zionism and Israel" by Reuven Surkis.
The file consists of notices and invitations to events sponsored by the book club and the Education and Programme Department. Programmes include: independent study lessons in modern Hebrew co-sponsored by Karen Hatarbut, and the events surrounding Jewish Book Month 1967.
The file consists of correspondence to members regarding the status of their book orders. It also contains pricing lists for books available to club members and promotional flyers that advertise books available to book club members.
The file consists of correspondence between the book club and its members regarding the selections and special offers available from series of books. It also contains promotional flyers and leaflets sent to members.
The file consists of correspondence between the book club and its subscribers, including notices of payment, flyers and leaflets sent to subscribers, notices regarding the delivery of books and orders from the book series for the year.