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Four Institutions of Higher Learning Merge; Will Form World Jewish Academy

The formation of a World Jewish Academy for higher Jewish learning, to be known as United Research Institutions for Higher Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, was announced here today. The new body will function with Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Herzog of Jerusalem as president and Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein of New York as chairman of the Board of Trustees, which will be composed of 71 leading Jews from all over the world.

The new institution is the result of a merger of four institutions of higher Jewish studies now functioning in Israel. The merged institutions are: Mishpat Hatorah school for the preparation of religious judges in Israel; Encyclopedia Talmudit, a research institution for the creation of an Encyclopedia of Jewish law; Shaas Israeli, an institution for the publication of a critical edition of the Talmud, representing the highest form of Jewish scholarship; and Chakikah, a research institute in Jewish law as a basis for the formulation and development of the future laws for Israel.