WALTHAM, Mass (Dec. 27)
A Brandeis University fine arts professor is one of 20 academicians selected nationwide to spend two weeks in Israel in a pilot program of intercultural idea exchange. Dr. Gerald S. Bernstein, an architectural historian in the University’s fine arts department, is now attending the “First Seminar in Israel for American Academicians,” sponsored by the Jewish Communal Affairs Department of the American Jewish Committee. Eli Asher, director of community relations for the New England region of AJ Committee, said, “Our purpose in sending these young academicians is to ‘turn them on’ to Israel. The people we have selected have a special capacity for enthusiasm, and have a tremendous ability to explain and interpret what they experience. We hope they will develop a commitment to Israel’s needs which they will instill in American Jewish students.” The program opened last week with a full week of intensive discussion on Israel and Israel’s relationships with the outside world.