(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
Five new works are being added this Fall to the publications of the Department of Synagogue and School Extension of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, it was announced here. The list of new publications is headed by a History of the Jews after the fall of the Jewish State, by Dr. Ismar Elbogen, and the new publications supplement a long list of textbooks and manuals for general reading, teachers’ training, students’ study, school organization and management which the Department of Synagogue and School Extension has previously published. These publications are planned and supervised by the Joint Commission on Jewish Education of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
The new works include a pupil’s portfolio of Kindergarten Handwork for the Holidays, by Gussie Cronheim Egelson; the House of Bondage, a Teacher’s Manual, by Adele Bildersee; the History of the Jews, by Dr. Ismar Elbogen; the Spirit of Judaism, a Pageant, by Dr. Samuel Schulman and Sara Miller, and Every Mother, a morality play by Rabbi Samuel S. Cohen. In addition, the Department is also issuing a Holy Land Travel Game, arranged by Julius B. Feibelman, designed for play or instruction in the classroom or home. The map of Palestine forms the background, on which six roadways lead to Jerusalem. Each passes through eleven cities, places of Biblical interest. In all there are sixty-six such points, covering practically all of the Biblical stories. Each point on the map is numbered, and an accompanying pamphlet with corresponding numbers gives full explanation of each point on the map, together with references to the chapters and verses in the Bible.
Mrs. Egelson’s portfolio of Handwork is planned to enable the teacher to present the lessons of the Sabbath and Holidays to little children through self-expression. The pupil’s portfolio contains twelve sheets on which are outlined the objects to be constructed. The Holidays thus taught are Rosh Hashanah, Succoth, Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shabuoth and the Sabbath.
The Teacher’s Manual, “Out of the House of Bondage,” is published in connection with the Bible reader for the pupil, which covers the stories dealing with the Life of Moses and represents a careful development of the lessons in the pupil’s book.
Dr. Elbogen’s History of the Jews is designed especially for the use of adult groups and university students. It gives a comprehensive presentation of Jewish History beginning with 70 C. E. and including modern times. The early history in Babylonia, the Talmud as literature, the economic situation of the Jews, their social position and intellectual activities in the various countries of Europe and in the United States are treated in a scholarly and interesting manner. A general bibliography and chapter bibliographies are provided for those interested in further study.
Dr. Isaac Alcalay, Chief Rabbi of Jugoslavia, presided at the dedication of the Jewish Children’s Home at Prcanj, which was established by the Belgrade Jewish Women’s Association. The initiator of the work was Madame Helen de Majo, President of the Association.
Contributions were made by Jews throughout Jugoslavia. Fifty beds and all kitchen furniture and utensils were donated by the Royal Ministry of Public Health, the sum of 5,000 dinars by the Serbian Red Cross and 60 blankets by the City of Belgrade.
The home will care primarily for the children of war invalids and of widows whose husbands lost their lives in the World War.
The 1926 edition of the Hebrew Union College Annual has just been issued. It contains numerous articles of Jewish interest. Among the contributors are Michael Guttmann, Breslau, Germany; Sol Baruch Finesinger, Hebrew Union College; Dr. Julian Morgenstern; Joseph Reider, Dropsie College, Philadelphia; V. Aptowitzer, Vienna, Austria; Ludwig Blau, Budapest, Hungary, L. Elbogen, Berlin, Germany.
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