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Menorah Groups Boost Hebrew in City’s Schools and Colleges

January 18, 1935
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This is the first of a series of weekly articles on Menorah societies in New York High Schools

Activities on the Menorah fronts of the thirteen New York high schools with the largest Jewish populations have been suspended for the present term pending examinations and reorganization of classes.

Samuel Schindler, head of the physical training department at James Madison High School and faculty adviser of the Madison Menorah society, told your reporter that all programs would be curtailed until February 1 when the new semester would begin.

"One of the chief aims of our club," he said, "has been to introduce Hebrew as a regular course in James Madison High School. Five other city institutions teach this subject as a regular adjunct of the foreign language curriculum. We are using every means whereby we can incorporate the Hebrew language, its history and culture, in Madison. It is my opinion that we will have Hebrew taught in this school by September, 1935.

"Our club has been organized for the last two years. We have a membership of over 100 boys and girls in the morning group of the Menorah Society. There is an afternoon group under the direction of Miss Maxwell which has a membership of at least seventy-five. The students of the latter organization are admitted to the morning club as soon as they become A. M. students. Nevertheless, our programs, aims, and functionings are modelled along the same lines.

We meet every Friday and al-

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