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February 20, 1976 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-02-20

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Harvard U. Plans to Expand Existing Judaic Program

(JTA) — Plans for a $15 mil-
lion Harvard University
Center for Jewish Studies,
centralizing and expanding
the university's existing
wide variety of Judaic de-
gree programs, was an-
nounced by president Derek
C. Bok and Fellows of Har-
vard College.
Bok said gifts and pledges
totalling $2.1 million, in-
cluding a grant of $1 million
from the Lucius N. Littauer
Foundation of New York,
have been raised toward the
$15 million goal.
Gerald Weinstock of
jahlimont, N.Y., chairman
national committee of
more than 200 prominent
citizens which is spearhead-
ing the program, said that
among the projected cen-
ter's purposes were to ex-
pand instruction and re-
search in Judaica at
Harvard; to integrate Judaic
studies — languages, litera-
ture, history, culture, phi-
losophy and religion — "on
an inter-departmental
scale"; and to stimulate fur-
ther Judaic studies "at other
schools of higher learning
throughout the United
States, both by example and
by providing visiting re-
search and teaching posi-
tions, symposia and collo-

Noting that the center
will provide expanded Ju-
daica instruction for un-
dergraduates and doctoral
students, Weinstock said
that the anticipated funds
would provide for creation
of six endowed professor-
ships in a variety of fields
of Judaica, plus new funds
and curatorships, for the
Judaica collection now in
the Harvard College Li-
He said it would also in-
clude establishment of 24
endowed graduate fellow-
ships; creation of an admin-
istrative center to coordi-
nate seminars, symposia
and public lectures; support
of visiting scholars; and
creation of a publication
Bok cited the university's
"special tradition" in Jewish
studies, referring to the
teaching and scholarship of
the late Prof. Harry Wolf-
son, who held the first en-
dowed chair of Jewish stud-
ies in a secular institution of
learning in the world, the
Nathan Littauer Professor-
ship of Hebrew Literature
and Philosophy established
at Harvard in 1925.
Following Wolfson's re-
tirement in 1958, Isadore
Twersky was named Lit-
tauer Professor.

Bok said Harvard set up
a second Judaica profes-
sorship in 1970, with gen-
eral university funds, held
since 1970 by Yosef Hayim
Yerushalmi as professor of
Hebrew and Jewish his-
tory. Bok said a variety of
courses ancillary to Jew-
ish studies have been of-
fered at Harvard for years
and that Harvard has the
only endowed Judaica cu-
ratorship in the world, the
post of Lee M. Friedman
Bibliographer in Judaica
created in 1962 and held

since then by Charles Ber-
Weinstock said the cam-
paign to raise the $15 mil-
lion goal was a one-time
endowment effort "to insure
income in perpetuity for
continuing Judaica scholar-
ship" at Harvard.
Among the national hon-
orary committee members
were William Haber, for-
mer dean of the University
of Michigan and honorary
president of American ORT
and Mandell L. Berman and
Toby Citrin of Detroit.

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Avineri Gets Ministry Post

Cabinet Sunday approved
the appointment of Hebrew
University Prof. Shlomo
Avineri as the new director
general of the Foreign Min-
istry. Avineri said after-
wards that he would resign
his post as dean of the Uni-
versity's political science
faculty on April 1 and begin
his duties at the Foreign
Ministry then.
Avineri's appointment by
Foreign Minister Yigal Al-
Ion aroused controversy in
government and political
circles because of the pro-
fessor's outspokenly
"doveish" views and his posi-
tion that Israel should state
its willingness to negotiate
with any Palestinian group
that recognizes the Jewish
state, including the PLO.
The Cabinet endorsed Al-

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Ion's choice for the sensitive
post after a two-hour debate
during which several minis-
ters expressed serious reser-
Social Welfare Minister
Zevulun Hammer of the
National Religious Party
urged that the vote on
Avineri be postponed for
one week. He was sup-
ported by Defense Minis-
ter Shimon Peres, Police
Minister Shlomo Hillel
and Transport Minister
Gad Yaacobi of the Labor
Alignment and Interior
Minister Joseph Burg of
the NRP.
They were overruled by
the majority, however, and
when the vote was taken,
only Hammer cast a nega-
tive ballot. Peres, Yaacobi
and Burg abstained.
Averini, a world authority
on Hegel and Marx, will
take over in the spring from
Avraham Kidron career dip-
lomat, who will now become
Ambassador to The Hague.
The Foreign Ministry dep-
uty director-general,
Ephraim Evron, a veteran
diplomat who had been
among the aspirants for the
post, will stay on at the
Avineri, 43, was born in
Poland and came to Pales-
tine at age 6. He was visiting
professor at Yale and Cor-
nell in the U.S.

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