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News-letter on Hebrew University Work is Made Public by Felix Warburg

Felix M. Warburg, Chairman of the American Advisory Committee, made public today a News-Letter received from Dr. Judah L. Magnes, Chancellor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mr. Warburg stated that plans are under way for opening the fall semester of the University with additions to the faculty in the Department of Hygiene which will continue its work in control of malaria, under the grant authorized by the League of Nations Malaria Commission at the University Experiment Station at Rosh Pina. Professor Israel Kligler, Head of the Department of Hygiene at the University attended the Second International Malaria Congress in Algeria, and the First International Congress of Microbiology in Paris during the past summer. He also took part in the meetings of the Malaria Commission of the League.

The Palestine Government Department of Forestry is cooperating with the Botanical Department of the Hebrew University, with a view to jointly arranging proposals for a law on protection of wild plants in Palestine, according to the News-Letter. The Botanical Department, Mr. Warburg said, has just completed the first “Centuria” of Palestine plants ever made, representing 100 plants in picture and description. Such sets are to be sent to Botanical Institutions throughout the World. During the last months, Dr. Magnes stated in the report, Christian scholars, especially those connected with Convents in Jerusalem, have frequently consulted the University’s Section of Biblical Botany with respect to questions of determination of plant names in the Scripture.

Beginning with the new year Mr. Warburg stated that German language courses will be established for students in order to enable them to make use of the large scientific literature written in that language. Efforts are being made to make possible courses in other languages. The lectures in History and Appreciation of Music given by Professor David Schorr proved to be such a success last year that they will again be repeated. These lectures, made possible largely through the gift of Ossip Gabrilowitsch, are given in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and in the Jewish colonies in the Valley of the Emek. The lectures, illustrated by lantern slides are open to the public, and were attended in large numbers.

Announcement was made in the News-Letter by Dr. Magnes of a scholarship of $150 to be awarded by the Canadian Young Judaea. Dr. Magnes stated that the scholarship which will be increased from year to year until the goal of a capital fund of $5,000 is reached by Young Judaea, is to be awarded to a student of Talmud in the Institute of Jewish Studies through competitive examination during the coming year.

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