New York (Nov. 10)
A proposal for the establishment of $1,500-a-year scholarships for young men and women in the arts and social or theoretical sciences to study in institutions of their own choosing, was made here last night by former Gov. Herbert H. Lehman speaking at the Conference on a University of Judaism, held at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
At the same time he was presented with the Solomon Schechter Award for being “an outstanding American humanitarian.” The presentation was made by Samuel Rothstein, president of the United Synagogue of America.
Describing the plan as a “project aimed specifically at fostering the development of the servant-leaders of a new generation,” Lehman said: “If blindly we have used up the men and women who, in the natural course of events, would have emerged as the leaders of their generation, we certainly must make some conscious, planned effort to replace them.”
Dr. Mordecai M. Kaplan, professor of Homiletics at the Seminary, stated that to prepare Jews for spiritual leadership, it was necessary to create a University of Judaism devoted to study and research on Jewish projects and to training rabbis, teachers and community workers. Other speakers included Prof. Salo Baron of Columbia University and Dr. Israel M. Goldman, president of the Rabbinical Assembly of America.