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Opening Exercises at Jewish Institute of Relgion

October 17, 1924
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The Jewish Institute of Religion, of which Rabbi Stephen S. Wise is the Acting President, held its Opening Exercises for 1924-25 yesterday at its school which is located on West 68th Street near Central Park. Dr. Pereira Mendes gave the benediction which was followed by a prayer from Rabbi Harry Lewis.

A number of new students were enrolled yesterday for courses in Jewish theology and training for the ministry. The total number of students at the Institute is now 50. To these and the guests who were assembled at the Exercises yesterday Rabbi Wise delivered a brief but earnest address on the subject of Jewish religious training and the value of the pulpit as a medium of educating the Jews in America.

Dean Willard L. Sperry, of the Theological School in Harvard University, was a guest of honor at the Exercises. He delivered a learned discourse on “Liberalism in Contemporary Religion.”

Various courses in Jewish ethics, culture and religion have been outlined for the 1924-25 season at the Institute. It was announced that Dr. David Yellin, well known Zionist leader and pedagogue who is at present giving a course in Hebrew at Columbia University, will deliver a number of lectures for the students at the Institute for Jewish Religion. Prof. Henry Slonimsky of Johns Hopkins University will give a course in Jewish Ethics. Dr. Isaac L. Kambel will lecture on religious pedagogy. Another interesting announcement was to the effect that Dr. Stephen Wise and Dr. Henry Slonimsky will lecture at Columbia University in the near future on the subject : Jewish Factors in Civilization. The dates will be announced later.

Wednesday, October 22, the Trustees of the Jewish Institute of Religion will tender a dinner to the faculty and the new students of the school.

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