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Academic Confab Begins in Jerusalem

Some 900 scholars of Jewish studies from all over the world convened in Jerusalem Sunday as the ninth World Congress of Jewish Studies began its week-long sessions on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The world’s largest gathering of academics involved in all areas of Jewish studies is held every four years in Jerusalem, under the auspices of the World Union of Jewish Studies.

About 400 of the participants came from abroad, including some 30 lecturers, among them delegates from Eastern Europe. Lectures and plenary sessions will deal with various aspects of Jewish studies — bible, archaeology, Hebrew language, literature, the arts and folklore.