NEW YORK (Jul. 10)
Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin of Maryland sailed for Israel today aboard the Constitution to address the convocation at groundbreaking exercises July 29 in Jerusalem for the American Student Center, a project of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Gov. McKeldin, honorary national chairman of the Committee for the Student Center, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Seminary at the ceremonies. The governor said he was “honored” to be asked to speak and to be able “to make more evident the cooperative relationship between the American and Israeli governments.”
He credited “the spiritual and cultural ties” of American Jews to Israel for the planning of the American Student Center and similar projects in Israel. “Loyal Americans, both Jewish and non-Jewish, ” he said, “wish to share with Israel in the growth of a promising democracy which can benefit from the experience of America’s beginnings.”
The American Student Center, to be erected on a 375-acre tract made available by the Jewish National Fund, will house Americans studying in Israel. Israeli Premier David Ben Gurion, Benjamin Mazar, president of The Hebrew University, Zalman Shazar, acting chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem, and other leaders in Israeli academic, cultural and spiritual life will participate in the ceremonies.