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June 17, 1960 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-06-17

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Accelerated, Program of UHS Told Hebrew Records
at Annual Meeting; Re-elect Berman Introduce Ulpan
In their annual reports, sub-
Berman reported that there Method of Study
mitted at the meeting of the are 2,700 pupils in the elemen-

United Hebrew Schools, at the
Esther Berman Building, Tues-
day evening, Mandell Berman,
president, and Albert Elazar,
superintendent, pointed to the
accelerated programs and
showed the progress that is
being made in encouraging post-
Bar Mitzvah and post-graduate-
studies.

Summer Program
of UHS Geared to
Herzl Centennial

The United Hebrew Schools
will again sponsor a summer
program for the period of July
5 through July 29.
The program consists of in-
formal study and recreational
activities. Classes will begin at
9:15 a.m. daily to be followed
by morning services and a pro-
gram of various activities. On
Tuesdays and Thursdays, the
group will be taken to Mumford
High School for two hours of
supervised swimming from 1
to 3 p.m.
This year, the program will
center around the study of Dr.
Herzl, on the occasion of his
hundredth birthday. Through
dramatics, arts and crafts, and
music, the students will relive
the search of the Jewish people
for independence.
The high point of each week's
study will be the Sabbath gath-
ering on Fridays at which time
an opportunity will be given to
the students to show their tal-
ents in presenting Hebrew and
English plays and songs.
All-day outings to places of
interest ar eincluded in the
program. To acquaint pupils
with Jewish community life in
Detroit, visits are planned to
the Fred Butzel Building, Home
for the Aged, Sinai Hospital
and the Jewish Center.
Special attention will be
given to students who need
strengthening in any particular
subject. S'pecial help classes
will meet at the Beth Aaron
Branch of the United Hebrew
Schools. For a selected group
of outstanding students, double
promotion classes will be held
at the Adas Shalom Branch.
During the past few years,
500 students have attended
these classes.
Parents of children now en-
rolled in the UHS are urged
to register their children early
by calling any of the branch
offices of the UHS.

Bnai Brith Opens Drive
for Chile Quake Victims

WASHINGTON, (JTA) — An
emergency campaign to aid
Chilean earthquake victims was
opened by Bnai Brith, when
president Label Katz urged
members throughout the nation
to participate with the National
Red Cross in contributing
money'and clothing to the mas-
sive relief effort.
Maurice Bisgyer, executive
vice-president of Bnai Brith,
reported that the organization's
headquarters had cabled $1,000
to Chilean Bnai Brith leaders in
response to a request for aid.
Bnai Brith in Chile reported
the devastation as "catastro-
phic." There are four Bnai
Brith lodges in Chile. Santiago
is Latin American headquarters
for the Bnai Brith International
Council.

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tary grades of the schools and
an additional 250 in the ad-
vanced and Midrasha classes.
He announced that the Bor-
man Branch of the schools, on
7-Mile and Bentler, will open
in September.

Declaring that Jewish edu-
cation is "the foundation and
-bedrock of Jewish life," La-
bel Katz, president of Bnai
Brith, who was guest speaker,
pleaded for extended pro-
grams in Jewish schools.
"Jewish education must not
end with elementary studies,"
he said. "Such studies are as
inadequate as if a public
school education also were
limited to five years."

"We must develop higher
standards in our schools, for
an understanding of Jewish life
and for survival," Katz said.
Harry Yudkoff, who was
chairman of the arrangements
committee for the annual meet-
ing, introduced Katz.
A feature of the meeting was
the musical rendition of poems
by the famous Israeli poetess,
Rachel, by Midrasha students
under the direction of Hannah
Stiebel. Rabbi Emanuel Apple-
baum gave the invocation.
Berman was re-elected presi-
dent of the schools. Abe Kasle
was elected honorary president.
The following also were elected
at the annual
meeting:
Judge Ira
G. Kaufman,
Louis LaMed
and David Saf-
ran, vice presi-
dent s ; Jack
Shenkman,
secretary;
Harold Robin-
son, treasurer;
Herman Fish-
man, assistant
treasurer;
members of
the board of
directors f o r
the terms to
expire in 1963,
Mandell L.
Berman Berman, Irwin
I. Cohn, Lawrence W. Crohn,
Philip J. Gilbert, Gordon Gins-
berg, Joseph Katz, Leon Kay,
Jacob Kellman, Jay Rosenshine,
David Safran, Louis Schostak,
Nathan Schreiber, Jack Tobin,
Benjamin Weiss, Harry Yud-
koff, Harry Gunsberg; member
of the board for a period expir-
ing in 1962, Al Borman; mem-
bers of the board for terms to
expire in ,1961, Alan Luckoff
and William Yolles.

An "invitation to Hebrew"
recorded by Dr. Mordecai Kam-
rat, Israel linguist and creator
of the- Ulpan method of teach-
ing Hebrew, is Bnai Brith's
latest venture in adult Jewish
education.
Those Who accept the "Invi-
tation" will be introduced to
the Ulpan way of language in-
struction, "a
dynamic pro-
gram of Jew-
ish learning,"
which is high-
ly endorsed by
Dr. Louis L.
Kaplan, dean
o f Baltimore
Hebrew C o 1 -
le ge and
Teacher's
Trainin
School, w h o
served as con-
sultant to the
project. Thi s
novel speed
novel spee d-
method for
learning H e -
brew is being Dr. Kamrat
made available for the first
time on two LP records.
Distribution of the Ulpan
records was begun this week
by Bnai Brith's department of
adult Jewish education.
Ulpan is a revolutionary con-
cept of language instruction
keyed to the culture and tradi-
tions of a people. It has proved
remarkably effective in trans-
forming thousands of immi-
grants to Israel, with little or
no knowledge of Hebrew, into
integrated, Hebrew - speaking.
Israelis in less than six months.
"Invitation to Hebrew" rec-
ords, says Dr. Kamrat, "use the
same approach to teaching He-
brew, combining the teaching of
a culture with practical lan-
guage study that is modified for
use by Americans."
The records feature 12 sepa-
rate lessons, with Dr. Kamrat as
teacher, and Mrs. Lily Edelman,
Bnai Brith's assistant director
of adult Jewish education, and
Dr. Ezri Atzmon, of Hunter
College, as students. The in-
struction provides a vocabulary
of. about 500 words and 100
phrases and sentences. The pro-
nuniciation is that used in mod-
ern Israel.
In a pamphlet included with
each record album, Dr. Kamrat
explains the Ulpan method as
teaching "living Hebrew."
The records are produced by
Spoken Art Recordings.
Dr. Kamrat was honored at a
luncheon at Hotel Commodore,
New York, on the eve of his
return to Israel last week.

Proposed 3-Day-Week Minneapolis
HebrewSchool Plan Stirs Opposition

MINNEAPOLIS, (JTA) —
Officials of the Talmud Torah
of Minneapolis scheduled a
series of meetings with lead-
ing Jewish and non-Jewish edu-
cators in connection with de-
mands by a group of Jewish
parents seeking to 'introduce
three-day-a-week sessions into
the program of the noted Jew-
ish afternoon school.
A group of such parents met
informally according to the
American Jewish World to ask
the school to include in its
elementary division program
three day a week classes while
maintaining the same total of
class hours. The proposal moved
Dr. Abraham J. Heschel, New
York theologian, and Dr. Mil-
ton A. Saffir, of Chicago, a
psychologist and educator, to
warn against such changes in
the Talmud Torah program.
Leo Gross, Talmud Torah
president, said that meetings
would be held with the parents
"against a background of valid,
impartial and best information
available."

Gross said a meeting was
scheduled with Dr. Abraham
Duker, president of the College -
of Jewish Studies of Chicago,
and with other educators to
examine the latest researoh
findings on foreign language
instruction and other subjects
related to those taught at the
Talmud Torah.
The parents said, in a letter
to Talmud Torah officials, that
they were interested in a
Hebrew education for their
children but that "a child's wel-
fare or other legitimate inter-
ests would make it impossible
for all of our children to attend
classes at the Talmud Torah
four or five days a week."
They proposed two weekday
afternoons and a double ses-
sion on Sunday mornings,
stressing that "we do not ask
that the total hours be reduced
but only that the total sessions
be cut."
There are 1,300 children in
attendance in the school's main
building and in two branches.

Explore Bottom of
Galilee, Caesaria

Prof. W. F. Albright will be
adviser to a team of 12 Ameri-
can underwater archaeologists
who will study the ancient har-
bor of Caesaria and the bottom
of the sea of Galilee. The
archaeologists, who arrived in
Haifa this week, will be joined
by Israeli explorers in pursu-
ance of their tasks. The expedi-
tion was organized by the
America-Israel Society.

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