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Cornerstone for American-sponsored University Laid in is

A block of granite carved from Mount### salem was laid as the cornerstone of the Bar-Ilan University in a cerem### the university site at Ramat-Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb. The ceremony was ### by several thousand persons. Construction of the first five buildings of ### is scheduled to begin before the end of the month and the new institution ### to be ready for student admission at the start of the 1954-1955 academic ###.

The Bar-Ilan University is being built in Israel under the auspices ### can Mizrachi movement as the first American-sponsored, American-pa### versity in Israel. President Isaac Ben Zvi was among the many dignita###ing today’s ceremony. Also attending were the Chief Rabbinate, represe### the American and Israeli Governments, officials of Ramat Gan and of Te### leaders of both the World Mizrachi Organization and the American Mizr### ganization.

Leon Gellman of Jerusalem, chairman of the World Mizrachi execute### delegation of the world movement, which included religious-Zionist men### the Israel Cabinet and Parliament. Rabbi Mordecai Kirshblum, preside### American Mizrachi movement, headed a delegation of 150 American frie### university. Louis Schleiffer, Brooklyn realtor and philanthropist, laid ### stone. Dr. Pinkhos Churgin, Dean of the Teachers Institute of Yeshiva ### New York and president-designate of the university, delivered the keyno### at the ceremony.

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