Kaplan School of Economics Dedicated in Israel; Built with U.S. Funds
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Kaplan School of Economics Dedicated in Israel; Built with U.S. Funds

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The Eliezer Kaplan School of Economics and Social Sciences, which was built with funds contributed by American Friends of Israel, was dedicated here yesterday at special ceremonies on the campus of the Hebrew University. Henry Montor, secretary of the American Friends of Israel, who made a special trip to Israel to take part in the inauguration of the school, addressed the dedicatory exercises. Other speakers included Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of the Knesset; David Horowitz, Governor of the Bank of Israel and Dr. Benjamin Mazar, president of the Hebrew University.

Already functioning as one of the key institutions in Israel, under the general administration of the University, the Kaplan School was erected in memory of Eliezer Kaplan, first Minister of Finance of the State of Israel, who died in 1952. In addition to its curriculum in economics and social sciences, the Kaplan School has instituted courses in public Administration with the assistance of the United Nations Technical Assistance Administration.

The funds to build the school were raised by Americans. Among the principal contributors were Samuel Rothberg of Peoria, Ill., who contributed $125,000 and the late Joseph Cherner of Washington who contributed $100,000. The auditorium and the library of the Kaplan School are dedicated to these two Americans. Mr. Rothberg who is vice president of the American Friends of Israel and Julian E. Venezky of Peoria, chairman of its executive committee, also attended the dedication exercises.

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