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A national advisory council has been formed to obtain cooperation from universities, colleges and non-Jewish students in celebrating the eight hundredth anniversary of the birth of Moses Maimonides, medieval Jewish sage and philosopher, it was announced yesterday by the Maimonides Octocentennial Committee, whose headquarters are at 64 West Forty-eighth street.

Headed by Professor Salo W. Baron of Columbia University, the council also will supervise preparation of books and treatises on the life and works of Maimonides. The actual anniversary date will fall on March 30, exactly 800 years after the scholar’s birth in Cordoba. A meeting to celebrate the event will be held on April 14.


Members of the advisory council, which is still to be completed, include:

Dr. Nina H. Aderblum, Professor Israel Bettan, Israel S. Chipkin, Professor Boaz Cohen. Professor Morris R. Cohen, Professor Samuel Cohen, Dr. Edward Colman, Professor Abraham Cronbach, Dr. Israel Davidson. Professor Z. Diesendruck, Dr. Moses Einhorn.

Also Dr. Joshua Finkel, Professor Louis Finkelstein. Professor Jekuthiel Ginsburg, Rabbi Israel Goldstein, Professor Richard Gottheil, Rabbi Simon Greenberg, Professor Isaac Husik, Dr. Moses Hvamson, Dr. A. Z. Idelsohn, Professor Nathan Isaacs, Dr. Nathan Krass. Professor Morris Levine, Professor H. G. Lewis, Dr. Harry Linfield, Professor Jacob Mann, Professor Jacob R. Marcus, Professor Ralnh Marcus, Dr. Abraham A. Neuman, Rabbi Louis I. Newman, Dr. David De Sola Pool. Professor Nathaniel J. Reich. Professor Joseph Reider, Dr. Paul Romanoff, Dr. Israel Schaniro. Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver. Dr. Isidore Singer, Professor Henry Slonimsky. Professor Shalom Spiegel, Professor Chaim Tchernowitz, Professor Harrv A. Wolfson, and Professor Solomon Zeitlin.

A committee on universities and colleges, which will enlist non-Jewish scholars, theological institutions and universities in the observance, will be composed of Dr. M. J. Benardete and Professors Morris R. Cohen, Richard Gottheil, Isaac Husik, Nathan Isaacs, Edward Sapir, Israel Wechsler and Harry A. Wolfson.

Issuance of scholarly works on Maimonides will be supervised by a publication committee. Members include Dr. Samuel H. Goldenson and Professors Louis Finkelstein, Jekuthiel Ginsburg, Alexander Marx, Henry Slonimsky and Chaim Tchernowitz.

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The Bet Garmu family held the secret of baking the showbread for the Temple, a secret which they refused to reveal on the grounds that it might fall into the wrong hands and be used for idolatrous worship.

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