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June 12, 1959 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-06-12

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Hebrew
Schools to Honor Teachers at Annual Meeting Tuesda Evenin
Eight pioneer members of

Hebrew culture and education,
established, in 1942, the million
dollar NYU Library of Judaica
and Hebraica, of which he is
now curator.
In 1956 the author-scholar-
educator - lecturer traveled to
Russia to establish a cultural
exchange in Hebraica and Ju-
daica. While there, he arranged
for the microfilming of thou-
sands of books and rare docu-
ments that until then were un-
available to Western scholars.
Before leaving for home, Prof.
Katsh obtained a pledge in
writing from the Soviet deputy
minister of education that He-
brew would be taught in Rus-
sian schools if as many as ten
students asked for it.
Sponsored by the American
Council of Learned Societies
and the Rockefeller Foundation,
he journeyed a second time to
Russia in 1958.
Many of the microfilmed ma-
terials collected on both trips
and now housed in the NYU
library, are more than 1,000
years old. They include Judeo-
Arabic treaties, Bible commen-
taries and rabbinic literature
from the Middle East and Italy.
Among his many projects, Dr.
Katsh, in 1934, introduced the
first course in modern Hebrew
to be taught at an American
university. Subsequently, he
helped other universities create
programs in Hebrew. Today,
courses are taught at 50 such
American schools.
Born in Poland in.1908, Prof.
Katsh was educated there and
in Palestine, and later earned
three degrees from NYU: a BS
from Washington Square' Col-
lege, MS from the school of
education and a doctor of juris-
prudence from the School of
Law.
Dropsie College awarded him
a PhD for Hebrew and Cognate
Learning. He also has attended
Islamic Institute at Princeton.
A member of the NYU fac-
ulty since 1933, Katsh became
the first occupant of the Chair
of Hebrew Culture and Educa-
tion in 1944.
Organizer of the NYU Work-
shop on Israel Life and Culture
in 1949, he has led groups in
an on-the-scene study of the new
state every year since then.
In 1954, he established a sec-

the teaching staff of the United
Hebrew Schools will be hon-
ored for their services at the
annual meeting of the United
Hebrew Schools, at the Esther
Berman Branch of the schools,
Tuesday evening.
The group to be honored with
due recognition, on the occa-
sion of Annual Teacher's Day,
set up nationally by the Amer-
ican Association for Jewish Ed-
ucation — each having served
more than 30 years as a teach-
er in the local community
schools—includes:
Joseph Haggai, Abraham J.
PROF. A. I. KATSH
Lachover, Jacob M. Mathis,
Leah Pike, Rose Pike, Morris assistant treasurer.
Plafkin, Michael Michlin and
Abe Kasle and Albert Elazar
Morris Lachover.
will present the president's and
Certificates o f appreciation superintendent's reports.
will be presented to these
A major feature of the eve-
teachers by Abe Kasle, retiring ning will be the illustrated
president of the schools. The lecture by Prof. Abraham I.
response for the teachers will Katsh, of New York Univer-
be made by Morris Plafkin, who sity, who will describe his
has been on the UHS teaching findings of scores of valu-
staff for 36 years.
able Jewish manuscripts in
New officers and directors Soviet Russian archives.
will be elected at Tuesday's
There will be musical selec-
meeting. The nominating com- tions and a reception in honor
mittee's report, to be presented of the teachers after the meet-
by Harry Yudkoff, includes the ing.
following nominees:
The entire community is in-
Mandell Berman, president; vited to the meeting.
David Safran, Louis LaMed and
Katsh, professor of Hebrew
Judge Ira G. Kaufman, vice- language and literature at the
presidents; Jack Shenkma n, NYU Washington Square Col-
secretary; Harold Robinson, lege of Arts and Science, and
treasurer; Herman Fishman, chairman of the department of

Essay Contest Announced by
Jewish Book Fair Committee

Entries are now being ac
Entries and request for in-
cepted for the Teme Skully formation should be addressed
award contest for essays on a to: Teme Skully Award Com-
Jewish theme, sponsored by the mittee, Jewish Community Cen-
Jewish Community Center in ter, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit
conjunction with its annual Jew- 35, Michigan.
ish Book Fair, it was announced
by. the Book Fair chairman,
Morris Garvett.
The contest is open to all
Jewish youth in the United
States, Canada and Mexico, ages - From Kiev, to Palestine, to
16 to 23.
New York, to Miami Beach—
. Original unpublished essays, everywhere he has lived in the
between 500 and 1,000 words, past 40 years, Harry Perach-
should deal with one of the fol- Kwitney, gifted Jewish teacher,
has been serving the cause of
lowing subjects:
Jewish education. As the climax
"A Character From Jewish
of a lifetime of devotion and
Literature I Would Like To
accomplishment in transmitting
Meet," "A Jewish Hero I Would
the Jewish heritage, Perach was
Like To Have Known," "A Pe-
designated the "Teacher of the
riod In Jewish History I Would
Like To Have Lived Through," Year" for the Jewish religious
"Jewish Characters In Search schools of America, the first
time anyone has been so hon-
Of An Author," or an original ored.
story or poem with Jewish con-
Perach, a member of the fac-
tent.
ulty of the Hebrew Academy of
Entries should be submitted Miami Beach for the past dec-
in triplicate, typewritten and ade, was singled out for the
double-spaced if in English, or unusual citation from a field of
in legible handwritten Yiddish approximately 17,500 teachers
or Hebrew. A pseudonym should serving in the nation's Jewish
appear on the title page of each schools. He was chosen "Teacher
manuscript, with the author's of the Year" to dramatize the
name, address, title of essay, first • annual observance of
pseudonym, birthdate, school, "Teacher's Day," a new com-
and grade or year, in an en- munal event in American Jew-
closed envelope accompanying ish life proclaimed by the
the entry.
American Association for Jew-
A first prize of $200 and a ish Education for the purpose
second prize of $100 will be of focusing public attention on
awarded at the Eighth Annual the role of teachers and educa-
Jewish Book Fair, Nov.. 21-23, tors in the nation's Jewish re-
1959, to be held at the Center. ligious schools.
Entries must be postmarked by
The announcement of Per-
Oct. 9, 1959. Manuscripts will ach's selection took place at a
be acknowledged, but none can public dinner held in New
be returned.
York, June 4, to mark the 20th
Teme Skully judges, selected anniversary of the founding of
by the Center's board of direc- the American Association for
tors, are: Louis LaMed, De- Jewish Education. More than
_troit; Dr. Irving Howe, of Bran- 650 delegates from all sections
deis University, and Dr. Nor- of the country — teachers, edu-
man Drachler, education direc- cators, presidents and directors
of Bureaus of Jewish Educa-
tor, Temple Beth El, Detroit.
tion, Jewish community leaders
—witnessed a dramatized biog-
raphy of the Miami Beach
IF YOU TURN THE
foiv•o• ri
teacher in which colleagues and
former pupils participated.
i
(There was an error in last
UPSIDE DOWN YOU WON'T
week's listing of the "Teacher
FIND A FINER WINE THAN
of the Year" in last week's
Jewish News. The report should
have read that Leighton Rosen-
thal of Cleveland "reported on
Milan Wineries, Detroit, Mich. I the selection" of the Teacher of
the Year.)

Harry Perach Is
`Teacher of 1959'

.. 4.111111•

I

ond workshop for scholars and
clergymen.
The Israeli government hon-
ored Prof. Katsh for pioneering
in the instruction of modern
Hebrew and for the Israeli
workshops.
Among his memberships in
several honorary societies, Prof.
Katsh is president and founder
of the National Association of
Professors of Hebrew in Ameri-
can Universities, member of the
Board of Governors of the Jew-
ish Academy of Arts and

Sciences and national chairman
of the American Association
for Jewish Education's Board of
Licenses.
Prof. Katsh read papers be-
fore the 24th International
Oriental Congress in Munich
last year and the World Con-
gress of Jewish Studies at He-
brew University, in 1947 and
1958.
He also has written or edited
more than 300 articles for
learned and professional publi-
cations.

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