A plan to publish a Talmudic Encyclopedia, a systematic exposition of the culture and civilization of the Talmudic Age, to be known as the Talmudic Library has been formulated.
Prof. Morris R. Cohen of the College of the City of New York presided at an organization meeting where an administrative board and a Finance Committee were appointed with the function of finding ways and means of raising the fund necessary to carry through the project. The administrative board includes Prof. Cohen, Chairman; Justice Samuel Kalisch. Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Judge Irving Lehman, Judge Moses Grossman, Henry Hurwitz, James N. Rosenberg. The finance committee is composed of Benjamin Winter. Treasurer, Samuel Rosensohn, Aaron Sapiro. I. N. Thurman, Harry Starr David Podell, Dr. A. J. Rongy. J. H. Cohen, Rabbi David de Sola Pool, Rabbi Nathan Krass and Rabbi Israel Levinthal.
The Jewish Daily Bulletin learns an amount of $50,000 has been promised toward the undertaking by Julius Rosenwald, provisional on the raising of a fund of $200,000.
The Talmudic Library, according to the plans, will be issued in twelve volumes, in Hebrew and English.
Dr. Chaim Tchernowitz is to be editor-in-chief. Besides American Jewish scholars, the following scholars in Europe will serve on the Editorial Board. Dr. L. Blau, Budapest; Dr. Michael Guttman, Breslau; Dr. Samuel Klein, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Dr. Samuel Krauss, Vienna: Dr. A. Marmorstein, Jews’ College London.
An advisory council of professors in American universities has been formed, including Professors Franz Boas, Columbia; Romain Balin, Catholic University of America; Morris R. Cohen, College of the City of New York; John Dewey, Columbia; Felix Frankfurter, Harvard; Ernst Freund, Univ of Chicago; Richard Gottheil, Columbia; Dr. Joseph H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain; Isaac Husik, Univ. of Penn.; Nathan Isaacs, Harvard; Shailer Mathews, Univ of Chicago; James A. Montgomery, Univ. of Penn; George F. Moore. Harvard: Roscoe Pound Harvard; William Rosenau, Johns Hopkins Univ.: Edwin R. A. Seligman, Columbia; Charles C. Torrey, Yale.