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U.S. Orthodox Rabbis to Establish Post-graduate Center in Israel

A post-graduate center for newly ordained American rabbis in advanced rabbinical studies will be established in Israel by the Rabbinical. Council of America, it was announced here today by Rabbi Israel Miller, president of the Orthodox rabbinical group.

Addressing the 500 delegates attending the Council’s annual convention, Rabbi Miller said that the academy, to be located in Kiryat Hayovel, a suburb of Jerusalem, “will operate as an educational and spiritual bridge between the United States and Israel.” He reported that “preparations are being completed for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the academy in middle of August 1965.”

The Rabbinical Council academy, Rabbi Miller said, will provide facilities for newly ordained rabbis to engage in rabbinical research and study a minimum of one year. Provisions are also being made for American Orthodox rabbis to secure sabbatical leaves from their congregations for advanced courses in various phases of rabbinic’s at this center, he reported. The Rabbinical Council of America will act as a coordinating body in selecting students and rabbis for these programs from among the graduates of the Orthodox seminaries and educational institutions.

The establishment of a national commission “to help bolster the religious belief and practices of college students on the American campuses was also announced at the convention. “The recent demonstrations at several American universities indicated that secular minded anti-religious elements are making deep inroads into the social consciousness of the Jewish students,” Rabbi Paul Levovitz, vice-president of the Rabbinical Council, told the delegates.

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