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U.S. Jewish Leaders Hear Report on Progress of Hebrew University

A report of the continuous research being conducted by the Hebrew University in the fields of solar energy, nuclear physics and medicine was presented here last night by Bernard Cherrick, director general of the University’s Board of Governors, at a dinner meeting of the board of directors of the American Friends of the Hebrew University.

He disclosed that staff members of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School were doing especially significant work on cancer in the Experimental Medicine and Cancer Research Department. In this department several scientists working under the guidance of an American doctor, Prof. Jack Gross, are developing a technique to cut in half the X-ray dosages in the treatment of cancer by using a synthetic hormone experimentally. This technique aims at rendering the cancer tissue more sensitive to radiation.

Mr. Cherrick commended the important role played in the construction of Hebrew University’s new campus by American Friends and reported that the University was putting a great deal of stress on relations between Israel and the newly-established nations of the Middle East and Africa. He said that Hebrew University, which now has an enrollment of 5, 000 students, had recently matriculated students from Ghana, Ethiopia, Burma, Thailand and Japan, and that 100 Arab students and over 100 Americans are studying there.

On behalf of the Hebrew University, Mr. Cherrick presented an honorary fellowship to Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, at the meeting held in the Harmonie Club. In accepting the honor, Mr. Leavitt reviewed the history of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University which was established with the aid of a grant of $500, 000 from the Joint Distribution Committee. He emphasized that the School will fill a vital need in the Israel educational structure and lauded Dr. Eileen Blackey, prominent American educator and social work expert who directs the School.

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