Providence, R. I., (Jan. 2)
The annual convention of the Jewish Teachers’ Association of New England Liberal Schools, concluded its three-day sessions here. About 75 delegates, both rabbis and teachers, representing ten Reform congregations in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts were present.
Rabbi Samuel M. Gup of Temple Beth-El, where the sessions were held, welcomed the delegates as president of the Association. In his address Rabbi Gup, who is one of the founders of the association, said: “There is a renaissance of Jewish education taking place in American life, and our Association is not alone an indication of this renaissance but is in itself contributing to it. The standards of teaching are being materially raised and the content of the instruction greatly enriched.”
A child should be recognized as an individual, a part of the religious congregation and an important factor, Dr. Sidney S. Tedesche of New Haven stated in his address. The Association at its convention considered various educational problems. Prof. Abraham N. Franzblau of New York spoke on “The Problem of Jewish Religious Education.” Rabbi Abraham J. Feldman of Congregation Beth Israel. Hartford, Conn., discussed “The School Assembly.” Methods of teaching in the early grades of the religious school were presented by Dr. Franzblau. Kindergarten instruction was discussed by Mrs. Leo Cohen of New Haven, and the place of dramatics in the school program by Mrs. B. Linsky of Boston.
Current events as training for participation in Jewish life was discussed by Rabbi Israel Harburg of Lynn. Mass. Rabbi Wolk spoke on “Jewish Ceremonials.”
The city of Providence has accepted the gift of a park donated by Judge J. Jerome Hahn. The park, to be known as the Isaac Hahn Memorial Park, in memory of Judge Hahn’s father, who was the first Jew in Rhode Island to be elected to public office, will be located on the site of the Roger Williams Spring. The property is in the heart of Providence and the monetary value of the gift is high.
The presence of the spring on the site was a determining factor in the location of the settlement of Roger Williams after his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, resulting in the founding of Rhode Island.
Ira Marcus, was elected on the first day of the State Legislature of the year 1929, as the floor leader of the Republican Party. Mr. Marcus is now serving his second term in the State Legislature. (Continued on Page 4)