Plan Popular “yiddish University” in Phila.
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Plan Popular “yiddish University” in Phila.

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Steps toward the organization of a “Yiddish University” in this city have been taken here.

This plan is the outgrowth of a conference held recently by representatives of Jewish societies of Philadelphia.

The plan was put forward by Prof. Hayim Fineman, head of the English Department at Temple University.

“This institution will be known as the Popular University,” Dr. Fineman said, “and will offer courses that are not available in such specialized institutions as Gratz and Dropsie Colleges.

“All instruction will be given in Yiddish except in such cases where the use of English is absolutely imperative. The curriculum at first will include subjects that are commonly taught in university extension departments, such as economics and sociology, as well as courses dealing with specifically Jewish subjects.

It is expected that only $5,000 or $6,000 will be necessary to permit the opening of classes.

The committee selected to carry out the plan includes M. Katz, chairman; Mrs. Mary Greenberg, Dr. Fineman, H. S. Seidenberg, I. L. Stern, M. M. Silver, Dr. Moskonick, Dr. M. Barbour, vice-chairmen; M. Israelov, secretary, and B. Mapu, treasurer.

A check for $10,000 was received by the United Hospital Fund from Colonel Michael Friedsam, president of the Atlman Foundation.

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