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Foundation for Jewish Culture Announces Grants for Academic Year

Grants by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for the academic year 1966-1967 were announced today by Label A. Katz, president, following action of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Eleven fellowships were awarded to students who are completing their doctoral work in the fields of Jewish History, Semitics, Philosophy, Hebrew Literature and Culture, and Sociology. Universities at which these scholars are studying include: Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.

Among the grants-in-aid awarded by the Foundation for the coming year is one to Professor Irving Halperin of San Francisco State College for the preparation of a book on the Literature of the Holocaust; and to Dr. Seymour Lainoff for the completion of the American Jewish Novel.

Other awards made on the recommendation of the Grants Committee under the Chairmanship of Edwin Wolf, 2nd, are to the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies in behalf of the Index to Jewish Periodicals; to Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel for the publication of the Jewish journal “Mosaic;” to Vassar College to assist in its course on Contemporary Jewish Thought; and to the Conference of Jewish Philosophy.

Mr. Katz pointed out the awarding of grants is one of the significant functions of the Foundation whereby students are encouraged to prepare themselves for careers in various fields of Jewish scholarship. Almost $250, 000 in grants have been made by the Foundation in five years. Many of the recipients are now engaged as teachers in Judaica at universities, as writers, archivists, librarians, researchers, lecturers, and other personnel devoted to creative Jewish cultural activity.

The National Foundation for Jewish Culture was formed in 1960 upon the recommendation of a national study on Jewish culture sponsored by the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. In addition to its grants program, the Foundation provides consultation service to national Jewish cultural agencies, colleges and universities and to Jewish communities, and seeks to enrich and strengthen the total field of American Jewish culture.

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