Baerwald School for Social Work Becomes Traveling Institution
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Baerwald School for Social Work Becomes Traveling Institution

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After four years as a unique experiment in international education for social work, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work yesterday closed its doors following commencement exercises for Jewish students from Israel, North Africa and various European countries.

Founded by the Joint Distribution Committee as the first American social work school abroad, the Baerwald School has created a corps of men and women trained for social service in behalf of Jewish survivors of war and Nazism. The school is named for Paul Baerwald. founder and now honorary chairman of the JDC.

Beginning next October, a staff of seven American instructors from the school will form a faculty team equipped to give short courses in Casablanca. Tunis and Tel Aviv under a new scheme whereby the school comes to the students, instead of the more traditional way around. From then on, the Baerwald School will become a traveling institution taking to the road to reach those Jewish communities where men and women trained in social service for their fellow Jews are most needed.

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