NEW YORK (Jun. 23)
A new approach to programming in Zionist cultural and educational work has drawn more than 22, 000 persons to the Theodor Herzl Institute here during the 1957-58 season, it was reported today by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, president of the Institute.
“The Theodor Herzl Institute was established in 1955 by the Jewish Agency to serve as a center of Zionist studies and adult education in the New York area,” the report said. “However, its many-faceted program, integrating Zionist issues with a study of Israel’s development and problems of Jewish identification in the United States has attracted a large non-affiliated audience. Today, the Institute’s influence extends far beyond its own lecture halls, and its approach has stimulated the programming of many groups throughout the United States.
Stressing that the success of the Institute “has surpassed our most optimistic expectations,” the report emphasized that during the 1957-58 season more than 400 specialists, including many prominent personalities in academic and government circles in Israel and the United States, appeared on the Institute’s lecture platform. A day and evening program of lectures and study groups was offered every week-day and special events were scheduled for Saturday nights and Sundays. In addition, the Institute’s extension service provided program aid to their organizations.
Dr. Neumann paid special tribute to the “creative and imaginative approach to programming” introduced by Dr. Emil Lehman, director of the Institute.