Religious Students in “pilgrpage” to Yeshiva College
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Religious Students in “pilgrpage” to Yeshiva College

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Hundreds of students of Hebrew religious schools throughout the East made a “pilgrimage” to Yeshiva College today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the institution, now the largest orthodox Jewish theological seminary in the world.

The students, accompanied by their teachers, brought as a gift to the Yeshiva copies of the Jerusalem and the Babylonian Talmud. Each section was presented by a student representing a different religious school, and each was accepted for the Yeshiva by a student from a different state or nation. Among the latter were Rahmin Sion of Iraq, where the Babylonian Talmud was first brought forth; Elias Levi of India; Julius Heinemann of Wurzburg, Germany; and Leon Katz, son of the chief rabbi of Petach Tikvah, Palestine. Russia, Poland, Rumania, were also represented.

Among those on the speakers’ list for addresses of welcome were Dr. Bernard Revel, president of the Yeshiva; Rabbi B.L. Leventhal of Philadelphia, dean of the American rabbinate, Borough President Samuel Levy of Manhattan, chairman of the institution’s council and Dr. Pinkhos Churgin, principal of the Teachers Institute, presiding.

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