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Oldest Jewish School in France Marks Centenary

July 21, 1972
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Prof. Rene Cassin, president of the Alliance Israelite Universelle and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, presided over the centenary celebration of the Normal School of the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Paris, according to a cable just received by the American Friends of the Alliance in New York. The school, the oldest Jewish school in France, was founded in 1872 and has trained qualified teachers for the Alliance schools in various countries of the Balkans, Near and Middle East and North Africa. It is estimated that over 650,000 Jewish children received their general and religious education in Alliance schools.

Former Premier David Ben-Gurion received the ZOA’s Theodor Herzl Award last night in recognition of his part in establishing the State of Israel and safeguarding it during the development. The award was presented at the closing session of ZOA’s 75th Jubilee Convention by ZOA president Herman L. Weisman.

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