Jerusalem (Apr. 17)
What was termed a synthesis of the holy past and the modern present created by the modern Hebrew schools in Palestine, was emphasized at the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hebrew Teachers’ Organization.
The gathering was attended by many Palestinian educators. Felix M. Warburg and Dr. Cyrus Adler were among the distinguished guests at the celebration.
According to a summary report read by the chairman the national Hebrew education in Palestine is being carried on in 225 schools with an enrollment of 20,000 pupils. Seven hundred and eighty teachers comprise the faculty in the schools.
M. M. Ussishkin who was the organizer of the teachers’ organization was elected honorary president of the body. He was also presented with a gold medal bearing his likeness. Miss Henrietta Szold welcomed the teachers in the name of the Zionist Executive, and Avinoam Yellin in behalf of the education department. Mr. Ussishkin addressed himself to Mr. Warburg, whom he termed the successor of Jacob H. Schiff in Jewish philanthropy. He appealed to Mr. Warburg to come to the aid of Hebrew at a decisive moment in its fight against foreign languages in Palestine as did the late Jacob H. Schiff when the Hebrew language had to withstand the attempts made sixteen years ago to substitute it by German.
At midnight the members of the organization went to the Wailing Wall. there memorial services for the deceased members were held.