NEW YORK (Jul. 12)
The Jewish Theological Seminary today announced establishment of the National Academy for Adult Jewish Studies, with the stated aim of creating a more informed Jewish laity which will recognize the vast significance of religious traditions for the preservation of liberty in our time.
Dr. Israel M. Goldman, rabbi of Temple Emanuel, Providence, will be national director. Dr. Louis Finkelstein, president of the Seminary, will be president of the Academy. In a statement issued after the organization meeting of the Board of Governors, Dr. Finkelstein said:
“The National Academy for Adult Jewish Studies will seek to strengthen the faith in God and in human dignity, by spreading information regarding the Jewish religious tradition. Jewish learning has always been the foundation of the Jewish faith. It is particularly important that this foundation be strong in our time when the great Jewish centers of learning in Europe have been so ruthlessly destroyed.”
The Academy will launch a popular adult Jewish education movement in this country next November. It will function through approximately 100 affiliated Institutes for Adult Jewish Education in every part of the country.