NEW YORK (May. 10)
A nation-wide adult education program emphasizing Zionism was approved today by 500 delegates attending the Spring conference of Hadassah at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The program will be implemented by the 375 Hadassah chapters in 46 states.
The program revolves about the study of Jewish problem as they are affected by current social, economic and political questions. It was made clear by speakers that the Jewish homeland movement would be the core of the courses.
“Only through Palestine can we achieve a rounded sphere of interests,” said Dr. Jacob S. Golub, education director of the Zionist Organization of America. “Only through a Jewish homeland can we function Jewishly as a people.”
Mrs. Edward Jacobs, president of Hadassah, stressed the importance of studying Jewish problems not as isolated phenomena, but as integrated elements of modern life. She proposed the re-evaluation of Zionism in relation of the changing ideas of current times.
In announcing the program, Mrs. Emanuel Halpern, Hadassah education chairman, said the curriculum will be organized about problems and projects rather than subjects. As examples she cited the study of Zionist policy in Palestine and of the problem of anti-Semitism as an outgrowth of general social and economic maladjustment.
A group of Jewish educators is cooperating in formulating the enlarged program of study, Mrs. Halpern said, and a series of pamphlets written by authorities will be issued on a variety of problems.
The conference closed tonight with a mass meeting under the auspices of the New York chapter.