Chautauqua Society Endows 87 Resident Lectureships in 27 States and Canada
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Chautauqua Society Endows 87 Resident Lectureships in 27 States and Canada

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The Jewish Chautauqua Society has endowed 87 resident lectureships all college credit courses on Judaism—for the 1969-70 academic year. The society, an educational project of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods (Reform) aims for a greater understanding of Jews and Judaism by all people. It assigns rabbis to lecture upon request at 170 colleges and 450 youth camps, donates Jewish reference books to college libraries and produces motion pictures about Judaism for television.

Executive director Sylvan Lebow said the resident lectureships “will be in some of the leading colleges in 27 states from coast to coast and in Canada. The faculty includes some of the best scholars in the rabbinate.”

Mr. Lebow said a trend toward a more intensive study of Judaism is responsible for a large increase in requests to the society to sponsor courses. “Another reason,” he said, “is ecumenical developments which have opened the doors of the Catholic colleges to this service. We assigned rabbis to lecture at 200 Catholic colleges last year, and 40 of the courses we are sponsoring this year are in Catholic colleges.”

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