Emory University to Establish Chair in Judaic Studies

Emory University will establish a chair of Judaic studies as part of its program for mobilizing educational resources and ideas for tomorrow, William R. Bowdoin. chairman of the university’s Merit Program announced today.

Emory, a Protestant religious-affiliated institution, has a student body of about 5,000. Two Atlanta alumni, Dr. Irving H. Goldstein and Max Rittenbaum, will head a committee to seek $500,000 to endow the chair.

Dr. Jack Boozer, chairman of the Emory Department of Religion, said the addition of a noted Jewish scholar to the faculty would “tremendously enrich the program of the department.” He said the scholar who would fill the chair would be available to teach courses rooted in the traditions of Judaic thought.” From time to time, he said, visiting professors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem would assist in teaching and Emory would seek to encourage student exchanges with the Hebrew University, “opening the door to new light and new learning.”

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