$340,000 Contributed for Publication of Yiddish Dictionary in U.S.
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$340,000 Contributed for Publication of Yiddish Dictionary in U.S.

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The publication of the second volume of the Great Yiddish Dictionary — which will appear in 10 volumes — was celebrated here at a gathering arranged jointly by the Dictionary Committee and the Institute for Yiddish Lexicology at the New York City College. More than $15, 000 was pledged at the gathering for the preparations connected with the publication of the third volume.

Dr. Buell Gallagher, president of New York City College, addressing the 400 representatives of Jewish organizations and individuals who attended the gathering, said that the City College was proud to be supporting the project through its Institute for Yiddish Lexicology. I. Steinbaum, secretary of the Dictionary Committee, reported that about 2, 500 persons contributed $340, 000 to help publish the first two volumes and establish a card system for words for the other eight volumes. The contributors included 115 rabbis, he emphasized.

Other speakers included Dr. Gershon Winer, Dean of the Jewish Teachers’ Seminary and chairman of the Dictionary Committee; Rabbi Joseph Lookstein, Chancellor of Bar Ilan University; Prof. Abraham Heschel; and Yudl Mark, editor-in-chief of the dictionary. Greetings were delivered by representatives of Jewish organizations.

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The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
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