Philadelphia (Jul. 2)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred upon five men during the past year by the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning. Dr. Cyrus Adler, president, reported to the annual meeting of the Board of Governors. The College, which granted its first degree in 1912, has now conferred the degree upon twenty-five men.
The following Fellowships were granted for the year: Biblical Department: Mayer Sulzberger, Fellow, Robert Gordis, B. A.; reappointment Albert A. Ruskin, M.A., Harvard. Rabbinical Department: Simon Hurwitz, B.A., University of Akron: Joseph Levitsky, B.S., Temple University, Honorary Fellow. Historical Department: Oscar S. Straus, Fellow, Benjamin L. Teller, B.S., Pennsylvania. Baruch Weitzel, who has been a Fellow in the Department of Cognate Languages, has been appointed to a Harrison Fellowship in Semities at the University of Pennsylvania.
At the close of the term, there was a total of 64 students in attendance–30 men and 6 women in the regular courses; 15 men and 13 women in the evening courses.
The report of the Librarian showed that the total increase of the Library during the year amounted to 4011. Of these, over half came from the Mayer Sulzberger collection and a considerable portion of the remainder from the library of Professor Henry Malter. The principal departments in which the Library gained were general reference books, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Rabbinies, and Cabbalistic and Chassidic Literature. The total number of books and pamphlets at the present time is 33,175. The Library has been increasingly used, both in and out of the city.
The Governors accepted the gift of $5,000 from Max Adler, of Chicago, in memory of his mother, Rose Adler.
A friend of the College, who had provided for the fund to enable Doctor E. L. Sukenik to continue his excavations on the Third Wall in Jerusalem, has contributed an additional sum for the purpose of publishing the results of these excavations.
Doctor Solomon L. Skoss, a member of the Faculty, has received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to enable him to secure photographs of the manuscripts in the Bodleian Library and in the Library of Leningrad in connection with an edition of an important hitherto unpublished work in Hebrew and Arabic lexicography.
One hundred and fifty Jewish children attending religious schools throughout Greater New York will be given a three-weeks vacation free as a result of their proficiency in studies and excellence in attendance, by the Jewish Education Association, under whose auspices camp scholarships are awarded. The 150 children were selected from 45,000 children attending 150 schools.