Sharett Addresses B’nai B’rith; Calls for More Intensive Jewish Studies

Moshe Sharett, former Prime Minister told delegates at the triennial convention of B’nai B’rith today that there should be more intensive Jewish studies in Jewish communities outside of Israel to increase the knowledge of Judaism and of Israel in such communities.

Praising B’nai B’rith and its accomplishments in the field of Jewish culture, Mr. Sharett called for greater study of the Hebrew language, asserting it was a “cultural disgrace” that the People of the Book generally could not read a Hebrew Bible.

Dr. Moshe Davis, provost of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, appealed for a world-wide study of present Jewish communities. He said it was “a most unbelievable truth that we know less about contemporary Jews in a great many countries than we know about Jews who lived 20 centuries ago in Jerusalem.” He announced he would assist in the organizing of a newly-established Institute for Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University.

Convention committees were busy drafting resolutions slated for consideration tomorrow. One of them will deal with a proposal to set up an International B’nai B’rith Coordination Commission and another will seek to foster Jewish education and the study of Hebrew.

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