Jewish Teachers’ School is Formed in Newark
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Jewish Teachers’ School is Formed in Newark

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Stirred by a recent census in the city of Newark which showed that only 20 per cent of the children of Jewish faith were receiving religious instruction, the Temple B’nai Jeshurun has just completed the organization under its auspices of the New Jersey Normal School for Jewish Teachers. The school is organized to provide in the State of New Jersey opportunity for instruction in Jewish studies to those desiring to fit themselves professionally as teachers in Jewish religious schools and institutions.

In addition to its strictly professional aim, the Normal School intends to provide periodic lecture courses open to the general public on subjects of Jewish cultural and educational interest. Under-graduate college students, public school teachers, men and women already engaged in religious school work. Sunday School teachers, and workers in the religious and social fields will find their educational needs supplied in the school.

Tuition in the New Jersey Normal School for Jewish Teachers will be free. The school is supported by private donations.

The course will extend over two years and its completion will earn a Jewish Teacher’s Diploma for proficiency in the teaching of Judaism. The opening session of the school is set for the first Tuesday of October. The course will include work in history, Hebrew, psychology, pedagogy, ethics, philosophy, and religious music. The faculty appointed to serve consists of the following: President and Instructor of Ethics and Religion, Rabbi Solomon Foster; Director and Instructor of Psychology and Pedagogy, Dr. Leon Mones; Instructor of Hebrew, Charles C. Rubens; Instructor of History, A. D. Zweibel; Instructor of Music, Rev. Maurice Cowan.

Appraisal of the estate of Mrs. Jennie Kutz, who died Dec. 29, 1924, shows she left a net estate of $250,931, of which more than $60,000 passes to Jewish educational and philanthropic organizations.

Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, was bequeathed $31,062; Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, $10,000; Temple Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, $5,524; Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities, $9,524; National Farm School, Doylestown, Pa., $5,000; Brooklyn Hebrew Home and Hospital for the Aged and National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, Denver, Col., $2,000 each.

A sister of the testatrix, Carrie Baer, of 439 84th Street. Brooklyn, was left $38,000. The residue went in smaller amounts to relatives and friends.

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