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November 26, 1982 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-11-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, November 26, 1982 11

Boris Smolar's

Between You
. . . and Me'

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1982, JTA, Inc.)

A JERUSALEM INSTITUTION: In the heart of the
hills of Jerusalem there stands an institution in which the
Israeli government, the government of the United States,
and a group of important personalities in American Jewry
are highly interested.
This is the Jerusalem College of Technology.
Although it has existed since 1970 — and has been
helped with U.S. government grants since its inception —
this important institution, which is contributing to Israel's
notable accomplishments in the field of high technology
industry, as well as to scientific research and development,
is little known to the American Jewish community. It is
educating a new breed of engineers who will be of im-
mediate practical value to Israel's industry. They will be
adept in research and development and will have a working
knowledge of plant operation.
All students in the college are Orthodox. None is ac-
cepted there prior to his completion of service in Israel's
armed forces. About 25 percent of the students currently
enrolled there are from the United States and other coun-
tries; they came to settle in Israel. The others are Israelis.
The college boasts that there were no "yordim" in the ranks
of its graduates — none of the students ever left Israel to
seek greater fortunes in other lands.
In the Lebanese war the students and the graduates
played a very important role on the battle front. In the high
technology industries within Israel they replaced experts
who were at the front.
The academic program of the college is geared to meet-
ing the present and future needs of Israel's high technology.
At the same time it gives equal emphasis to an advanced
program of Jewish learning. The students and the faculty
start the day with the morning service. The remainder of
the morning, till lunch time, is spent in religious studies
patterned after Orthodox yeshivot. The technological
studies follow lunch. They include computer science, elec-
tronics, applied physics, industrial metallurgy and other
subjects.
AMERICAN AID: There are more than 20 faculty
members in the Jerusalem College of Technology who are
either American professors or received their training in the
United States.
The U.S. government, which is interested in helping
Israel's industrial development, has been watching the im-
pact which the college has made on the industrial growth of
the country. It is financing the college with AID funds.
Financial aid from American Jews comes through the
New York-based Friends of the Jerusalem College. Charles
H. Bendheim, well known for his generous support of in-
stitutions of higher Jewish learning in the United States
and a dedicated friend of Israel, is president of the Friends.
Jack D. Weiler is honorary chairman. The chairman is
Saporte, who stands in the very front row of the
largest Jewish givers in America but shies away from pub-
licity. The Board of Trustees includes many Jewish per-
sonalities prominent in the business world and known for
their deep interest in Israel.
The college has gained a high reputation. It has estab-
lished industrial enterprises in the Jerusalem area as a
nucleus of what is to become a complex of concerns with the
college as its hub. It offers a four-year program culminating
in a Bachelor of Science degree and a three-year program
leading to a degree of Associate Engineer. It is fully accre-
dited by the Israel Council of Higher Education and by the
Ministry of Education.
The ambition of the founders of the college was and is
to establish Jerusalem as a leading technological center
and to stimulate growth of science-based industries in
Jerusalem. They consider that the development of such
industries can strengthen the Jewish claim to the city of
Jerusalem. The graduates are now in such a demand that
job offers exceed the number of students available. Recent
graduates are already project leaders in well-established
civilian and defense firms.

1,200 Palestinians Missing

TEL AVIV — The news-
paper Maariv reported this
week that 1,200 Palesti-
nians were believed to have
been killed in recent
Lebanese Army sweeps
through west Beirut and
that 60,000 had been sent to
Syrian-controlled Lebanese
territory in Triploi and the
Bekaa Valley.
An Israeli government
source said that. the 1,200

Palestinians were known to
have disappeared since the
Israelis pulled out of the city
at the end of September but
that it had not been con-
firmed that they had been
killed.

Every duty which we
omit, obscures some truth
which we should hav
known.
—Ruskin

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