Jerusalem (Dec. 26)
There are now 204 students at the Hebrew University, Dr. Judah L. Magnes, the chancellor, announced today at the formal matriculation of 100 new students. At the same time he announced that the Plumer Research Fellowship in Oriental Studies had been awarded to Dr. Benjamin Maisler for research in the ancient history of the Arabs. Dr. Maisler will shortly head a preliminary exploration expedition to Ramath Rachel where Jewish ossuaries were recently unearthed. Dr. Magnes also said that the Jewish community of Berlin has pledged itself to maintain a chair of general botany at the University which will be occupied by Prof. Otto Warburg.
In recognition of the part that Dr. Julius Jarccho, consulting gynecologist of Beth Israel and Sydenham Hospitals, has played in building up its Library, the Hebrew Universary of Jerusalem has named in the medical library, “The Dr. Julius Jarcho Medical Library,” according to word received yesterday by Mr. Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the American Advisory Committee. The most important collections in the Medical Library of the University, which now contains nearly 25,000 volumes and is the only medical library of note in the Near East, were donated by Dr. Jarcho, who is a member of the American Jewish Physicians Committee under whose auspices the Library was founded.
In addition to subscribing for a large number of the nearly 400 current medical periodicals, and donations of medical books, Dr. Jarcho has also established a fund, the interest of which after five years, is to be used for the purchase of new books for the Medical Department. Branches of the Medical library, which has been called the “Academy of Medicine of the Near East,” have been established in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, in cooperation with physicians there. The principal collections are kept on Mt. Scopus in the Library Building which was dedicated this year.
Dr. Jarcho has also established a Library on Athletics, Sports and Scouting which contains books on personal hygiene, games and dances, nature study and physical culture. This library is used extensively by school children of Palestine. Teachers and social workers have reported to the University, according to Mr. Warburg, that the department on sports has been a great help in organizing health circles among the youth of the country.
Mr. Warburg also received word that the University has completely arrangement with Oxford University Press for the sale of its books under the joint imprint of the Hebrew University Press Association organized this year, and Oxford University. The first book to be issued under the joint imprint, now being bound in the London binderies of the Oxford Press, is “The Ancient Synagogue of Beth Alpha” by Dr. E. L. Sukenik, field archaeologist of the University.