State to Charter Jewish School Founded 1918
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State to Charter Jewish School Founded 1918

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The Jewish Teachers Seminary and Peoples’ University which has been in existence in New York eighteen years, will be chartered by the State of New York as a fullfledged educational institution whose graduation certificates will be recognized throughout the country.

A bill urging the chartering of the Seminary, introduced by Assemblyman M. Alterman, and passed last week, now is awaiting signature by Governor Herbert H. Lehman.

The Jewish Teachers Seminary and People’s University was established in New York in 1918 for the purpose of promoting and disseminating Jewish culture and training Jewish young men and women as teachers and research and community workers.


The Seminary is a secular and non-partisan school and ranks high among the institutions of higher learning in the United States.

Credits for work successfully completed in the Seminary are recognized towards B.A. and B.S. degrees in many colleges and universities in the United States. The Seminary also conducts correspondence courses.

During the eighteen years of the existence of this institution, hundreds of young men and women have received thorough training in Jewish history, the Bible, Hebrew and the Yiddish language and literature, as well as social and natural sciences. This training made it possible for these young men and women to become qualified as teachers in the Jewish elementary and secondary schools all over the United States.

It is expected that Governor Lehman will sign the bill chartering the Seminary within the next few days.

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