The Kohut Memorial Foundation, a fund established in memory of the late Dr. Alexander Kohut, author of the “Aruch Completum,” was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, it was learned yesterday.
The purpose of the Foundation, which has already published volumes by outstanding Jewish and Christian scholars, is to foster the development of research in Jewish literature.
The New York committee is composed of Professor David L. Blondheim, Johns-Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.; Professor Julius Bewer, Union Theological Seminary, New York; Mr. George Parmlee Day, president, Yale University press; Federal District Court Judge Julian W. Mack of New York City, Professor Max L. Margolis, Dropsie College, Philadelphia, Pa.; Professor Alexander Marx, Jewish Theological Seminary of New York; Professor Julian J. Obermann, Institute of Jewish Religion, New York; Professor Charles C. Torrey, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; Dr. Stephen S. Wise, President Institute of Jewish Religion, New York; Dr. George Alexander Kohut, is the Executive Director of the Foundation. Professor Ismar Ellbogen of the Jewish Academy, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Chajes, Chief Rabbi of Vienna and Dr. Ludwig Blau of the Rabbinical Seminary of Budapest are distinguished scholars abroad serving on the international committee.
Several volumes devoted to Oriental and Semitic research are among the works already issued in the Yale Oriental Series, by members of the university faculty. Four volumes have been issued by the Vienna branch at the Foundation, including the work Flora of the Jews, by Dr. Immanuel Loew, two by the Berlin branch, including a two volume index of the Writings of Philo, issued under the joint auspices of the New York Jewish Institute of Religion and the Prussian Academy; two works by the New York branch and two by the branch in Budapest. The Publication Program of the Foundation for 1926-30 includes twenty volumes, representing the investigations of some of the world’s foremost scholars.
The Foundation has established five literary foundations: at Yale University, at the Rabbinical Seminary in Vienna, at the Society for the Furtherance of Jewish Learning, Berlin, at the Jewish Institute of Religion and at the Rabbinical Seminary, Budapest.
The graduation of the Talmudic Academy, preparatory department of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (the Yeshiva) with an enrollment of 400 students took place on Sunday, at the Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue, 117 East 85th Street, New York City. Thirty-nine graduates received their high school diplomas.
The valedictorians were N. Frischberg in Hebrew, and H. Segal and P. Gordis in English. The graduates were addressed by Rabbi M. S. Margolies, Rabbi Bloch of Jersey City, and Rabbi A. Burrack of the Yeshiva faculty. Dr. S. Safir, principal of the Talmudic Academy, made the address for the school and presented the diplomas. Dr. B. Revel, president of the Seminary, deliverca a message.