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Writers, Scholars Contribute to U.S. -israel Cultural Exchange

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The writings, in Hebrew translation, of American scholars, educators, statesmen and men of letters – including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Thomas Jefferson and Walt Whitman – are making a profound impact in Israel as part of America’s “cultural Point Four,” Prof. Moshe Davis, provost of the Jewish Theological Seminary here, reported today.

Prof. Davis, who has just returned from Israel, where he went under the joint auspices of the Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee, urged in his report, made to the Jewish Agency executive, for still greater cultural interchange between this country and the Jewish State.

He also asked in his report for extension of U.S. -Israel relations in the field of Jewish spiritual activities. “Until American Jewry is adequately represented in Israel by its spiritual and cultural leadership,” he declared, “there can be no real contribution to Israeli cultural life on the part of American Jewry.” He predicted that the time will come “when every American rabbi will receive a portion of his training in the Holy Land.”

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