American Zionist Council Opens Hebrew Language Laboratory in New York

More than 200 top Jewish educators from 30 states attended today the opening of a Hebrew Language Laboratory established by the American Zionist Council in cooperation with educational bodies in this country and Israel; A delegation of Israeli teachers witnessed the event which marks an important milestone in the efforts to relieve the serious shortage of qualified Hebrew teachers in the United States.

Dr. Samuel M. Blumenfield of the AZC’s Department of Education and Culture, said “the Hebrew Language Laboratory represents a new approach to the teaching of languages introduced in recent years in institutions of higher learning, high schools and elementary schools.” It has only now been introduced for the first time by the Education Department of the American Zionist Council as a pioneering project in the training and guidance of teachers in the new techniques for improving and expediting the teaching of Hebrew as a living tongue, he declared;

Rabbi Irving Miller, chairman of the AZC, today announced that the second annual Bar Mitzvah Pilgrimage to Israel for American youngsters, sponsored by the American Zionist Council and the Jewish Agency, will be held in Israel this summer. The Bar Mitzvah Pilgrimage is not intended to supplant the actual Bar Mitzvah ceremony which takes place in the youngster’s home community; It is seen as the introduction of an additional custom in American Jewish life, whereby the youngster’s commitment to Israel and Hebrew culture is dramatically noted during the year in his life which marks a religious milestone.

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