Berlin (Jun. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)
A conference of representatives of orthodox Jewry held here considered means for strengthening religious educational work in Russia. The establishment of teaching institutions for the study of the Torah was given special attention.
The Agudath Israel was represented by Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Cohn and Herr Jacob Rosenheim; the Orthodox Federation of Rabbis by Rabbi Dr. Ezra Munk and Rabbi Dr. Meir Hildesheimer; the Keren Hatorah by Rabbi Dr. Spitzer and Dr. Leo Deutschlander; the Mizrachi by Government Councillor Hans Goslar and Dr. A. Barth and the Achduth organization by Rabbi Dr. Loenwenthal and Herr Fritz Sondheimer.
JEWISH COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES
The Associated Talmud Torahs of Philadelphia, a constituent of the Federation of Jewish Charities, has established a Summer Institute for Jewish Teachers for the purpose of further equipping teachers in service for their work in Jewish schools and to provide instruction to those desiring to equip themselves as teachers in Jewish religious schools. Sixty students have registered in the Summer Institute.
Courses in Bible, Hebrew conversation, grammar and composition, Jewish customs and institutions, Jewish music, a Survey of Palestine, Classroom Management and School Problems are being offered.
The Summer Institute is under the direction of a Committee consisting of Rabbi B. L. Levinthal. President of the Associated Talmud Torahs, ex-officio. Mr. Ben Rosen, the Executive Director of the Associated Talmud Torahs, is the director of the Institute.
Dr. Abraham Flexner, secretary of the General Education Board, received the decoration of a Commander of the Legion of Honor, and Louis Wiley of the New York “Times” that of an Officer of the Legion of Honor, from Dr. Mariel Knecht, secretary general of “Le Matin” of Paris, who made the presentations on behalf of the French government at a luncheon given in his honor by the Rockefeller Institute. Dr. Knecht presented the decorations to those who aided in conducting the Demonstration Hospital, which the Institute operated during the war.