School to Mark Charter Grant by New York

Representatives of 500 New York Jewish organizations will attend an all-day conference under the auspices of the Jewish Teachers Seminary and People’s University on Sunday at the Hotel Pennsylvania to take official cognizance of the granting of a charter to the Seminary-University by the State of New York and to discuss plans for the expansion of the Seminary-University, it was announced yesterday by Philip Gingold, executive director of the institution.

Similar regional conferences will be held in various parts of the United States during the Summer in order to find a common bond between those elements interested in the cultural aspects of Jewish life in this country and the Seminary-University. A national conference will be called in New York early in the fall.

David Pinski, well known dramatist, will preside at Sunday’s conference.

Among the invited speakers are Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch, Dr. S. Margoshes, editor of The Day; B. Charney Vladeck, business manager of the Jewish Daily Forward; David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish Labor Federation of Palestine; Dr. Hayim Fineman, professor of literature at Temple University, Philadelphia; and Dr. Jacob S. Joffee, professor of soils at the New Jersey College of Agriculture.

FOUNDED 18 YEARS AGO

The Jewish Teachers Seminary {SPAN}###{/SPAN} People’s University, which was founded eighteen years ago, is the first secular institution of Jewish learning in this country to be granted official status by legislative act.

By a recent act of the New York State Legislature, the Seminary-University achieved the rights and privileges accorded to any college in the country and is now empowered to grant and confer degrees, to register students from abroad and to bring in foreign professors. The institution is planning to offer a place on its faculty to a number of refugee professors from Germany.

Created originally to train Jewish young men and women for teaching positions in Jewish elementary and secondary schools, the Seminary-University is now preparing to expand its curriculum to include courses in Jewish history, religion, ethics and social and labor relations as well as all other subjects found in the curricula of colleges and universities.

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