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Jewish College Urged at Yeshiva Commencement

December 3, 1923
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A Jewish college – the first institution of its kind in America – will be established in New York as one of the results of a nation-wide campaign involving several million dollars – possibly five million dollars – to broaken the scope and influence of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, it was announced at he Seminary’s annual commencement exercises here yesterday.

Many leading Orthodox Jews from all over the country many of whom had received training at the Yeshiva, attended the exercises, at which the largest graduating class in the school’s history, received degrees. Sixteen Rabbis and ten teachers were graduated. The exercises were held at the Congregation Kehillah Jeshurin, on East 85th Street.

The Seminary has an enrollment of five hundred students from every state in the Union and from Europe and a waiting list of an equal number, who can not be admitted because the institution is already crowded far beyond capacity, according to Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, President of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, who announced the campaign.

“The campaign will be launched at once”, Rabbi Goldstein declared, “so that the Seminary with its modern high school and college buildings, dormitories, gymnasium, as well as with its completely equipped buildings for Jewish learning, can open in the Fall of 1925 and take care of the large waiting list, which includes a considerable number of European students, whose lot is so precarious now.”

The sixteen graduated as orthodox rabbis include: Herman Beck, Jeremiah Cohen, Hyman Dayen, Hyman Kaplan, Benjamin Mostofsky, Jacob Leibowitz, M. Parkowitzky, A. Rabinowitz, E.J. Rackovsky, A. Reichlin, S. Reichman, Herman L. Rosen, Aaron Schuchatowitz, Max Stern, Isaac Tendler and Max J. Mintz. There were also ten graduates of the Teachers’ Institute: H. Uretzky, Sam Schooler, Harry Zolt, Theodore Chazin, Philip Stoler, Sol Biederman, Solomon Levinson Isidor Margolis, Abraham Jezer and Samuel B. Grinstein.

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