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8th Academic Year of Hebrew University Opens Today

The eighth academic year of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem will open today, according to an announcement by Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, Inc. The Chair of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, established by Sir Percival David of England and India, in memory of his father, the late Sir Sassoon David, will be officially opened with the beginning of the present session, as the first resident professorship in the School of Oriental Studies.

Dr. L. A. Mayer of the Department of Antiquities of the Palestine Government, who has been serving as part-time lecturer in Moslem Art and Archaeology at the Hebrew University, has resigned his post as Librarian and Records Officer of the Antiquities Department. He will assume his duties as full professor and first occupant of the new Chair at the Hebrew University January 1st.

Three scholarships just awarded by American organizations will be presented at the beginning of the University sessions on the basis of competitive examinations, now being held in Jerusalem. Young Judea of Canada, Canadian B’nai Brith and the B’nai Brith women’s Grand Lodge of District No. 4 have announced scholarships.

A prize amounting to £15 will be established by the Geulah Lodge of the Zionist Order Habonim of Canada.

Efforts to erect a students’ hostel or dormitory have so far been unsuccessful, Dr. Rosenbach pointed out.

“At a considerable sacrifice the Hebrew University Students’ Association has been running a mensa or cafeteria at which meals are served at cost,” said Dr. Rosenbach. “The opening of the cafeteria this year is highly problematical, for the Students’ Association faces a large deficit, owing to the fact that practically all the young men and women at the Hebrew University must earn their own way and have very little in the way of extra funds.”

The majority of students who will enter the Hebrew University this fall have chosen Hebrew Literature and Palestinology as their principal studies, according to a report received by Dr. Rosenbach.

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