Declaring that the Hebrew University in Jerusalem “is fast becoming the spiritual center of the scattered Jewish people,” Prof. Norman Bentwich, former Attorney-General of Palestine, made an eloquent plea at a dinner in his honor last night at the Hotel Savoy-Plaza, for more adequate support of the University.
“I lament the failure of the Jewish people not only in America but elsewhere,” said Prof. Bentwich, “to rise to the height of opportunity and need in the support of their greatest cultural institution. Particularly at this moment, with so many brilliant scientists and world-famous scholars available as the result of the German exodus, we have the double opportunity of building up a great University and at the same time making it one of the principle lifeboats for salvaging Jewish genius and talent that otherwise may be lost.”
LAUDS WARBURG, UNTERMYER
Prof. Bentwich paid tribute to Felix M. Warburg, Samuel Untermyer and other Americans who have contributed large sums for endowment, buildings, etc., to the Hebrew University.
He added, however, that “the basis of the support for the University must be very greatly broadened in this new function which the University is to fill. That means that not only the leaders of the American Jews who have already aided so nobly, but the rank and file of American Jewry and of all other Jewries must take their part in maintaining and enabling our University to grow.”
It is the plan of the supporters of the University to mark the tenth anniversary this year by enrolling 100,000 subscribing friends, “the first hundred thousand soldiers of our cultural army.” He appealed to American Jewry to provide a substantial share of this quota.
The dinner in honor of Mr. Bentwich, who is professor of international relations at the University, was given by Felix M. Warburg, Roger W. Straus, Mrs. Felix M. port, and other members of the governing board of the American Friends of the Hebrew University.
FILM SHOWS LIFE THERE
A motion picture film showing the daily life and activities at the Hebrew Universityâ€”the first ever takenâ€”was shown last evening to the guests at the dinner.
Among those present, in addition to the hosts named, were President and Mrs. Frederick R. Robinson of the College of the City of New York; Judge and Mrs. Ferdinand Pecora; Mr. and Mrs. George Medalie, Judge and Mrs. Grover M. Moscowitz, Mr. and Mrs. Max D. Steuer, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Grant Straus, Mrs. Sol Rosenbloom, Mrs. Rogew W. Straus, Mrs. Felix M. Warburg, Hiram J. Halle, Dr. Richard Gottheil, Mrs. Morris Loeb, Edward M. M. Warburg, Otto P. Schwarschild, Mr. and Mrs. William Rosenthal, Dr. and Mrs. A. J. Rongy, Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Levison, Mrs. Irma Limburg, Mr. I. A. Hirschmann, Mr. and Mrs. Fred F. Greeman, Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Friedman and George Sokolsky.