Offers Facts on Study
of Jewish Day Schools
Editor, The Jewish News
Last Friday The Jewish News
printed a very lengthy J.T.A.
report about the 31st general
assembly of the Council of Jew-
ish Federations and Welfare
Funds. One of the highlights of
this conference . . . was sum-
marily disposed of by the J.T.A.
in the following words:
"Reports were submitted on
the status of the Day School
movement and on the progress
made in Jewish educational ef-
Meeting in New SZ
Sanctuary Dec. 10
MRS. BERT SMOKLER
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Sisterhood's' first meeting in the
new building, 27375 Bell Rd.,
Southfield, will be held Monday,
Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m., and will
feature a program of Jewish
humor, Mrs. Bert Smokier, chair-
man of the event, announced
this week. A dessert luncheon
will be served.
The• program will feature Mes-
dames Abe Katzman, moderator,
Henry Berris and Meyer Shuger-
man. Mrs. Samuel Benavie will
give the invocation.
Mrs. Davis Benson, recently
re-elected president, urges all
members to participate in this
forts in American Jewish com-
I believe that our community
has the right to know what lies
behind this cryptic reference.
Last year the American Asso-
ciation for Jewish Education
was asked by the C.J.F.W.F.
to prepare a study of Jewish
Day Schools. After assembling
a veritable mountain of data,
the A.A.J.E. submitted its re-
port at the recent C.J.F.W.F.
conference. Here are some of
the conclusions of this report:
1. "The typical Jewish Day School
. . . outside of New York is spon-
sored by a local group of citizens
representatives of the various re-
ligious groups, although predom-
inantly Orthodox oriented. Its stu-
dents (are) similarly drawn from
all sectors of the Jewish commu•
2. "The Day School .differs from
the Afternoon and Sunday Schools
qualitatively as well as quantita-
tively" (i.e. not only offers more
hours of instruction but is educa-
tionally superior). (p.3)
3. "Apparently parents regard
the Day School as a desirable in-
strument for educating both girls
and boys and not merely as a
`training for future Rabbis.' This
reflects an important change . . .
as distinguished from the old time
4. "The average per pupil cost
for Day School Jewish studies per-
weekly-hour is a little more than
$16. . . . The per-weekly- hour cost
per-pupil in the Afternoon Schools
is about $36. If one were to use
I total per-pupil costs in the Day
I School, the average per-pupil week-
ly-hourly cost would be about $32."
(i.e. superior education is provided
by the Day School at lower per-hour
cost even if we include the cost of
the secular studies.) (p.8)
5. "Both the present study and a
previous informal survey made by the
Executive Director of the A.A.J.E.
reveal a growing tendency to regard
the Day School as an integral part
of the Jewish community's educa-
tional system and a legitimate part
of the American scene." (p.15)
6. "The number of communities
which refuse allocations to Day
Schools on ideological grounds is
small. It becomes increasingly im-
portant therefore for communities
to review their total responsibility
for Jewish education and to assess
qualitative achievement in this
feild . . " (i.e. to give adequate
recognition to the Day School's su-
perior educational contributions).
It was reported that the
A.A.J.E., in presenting its re-
port, warned against seeking
Federal support for Jewish edu-
cational enterprises but stressed
that Jewish communal support
of private sectarian schools was
"as much part of the democratic
idea as is our obligation to
maintain a vigorous free public
school system." The discussion
clearly brought out the fact
that Day School financing is im-
possible without either Federal
or Jewish communal aid. With-
out it "the day school move-
ment has been staggering under
a financial crises" even while
providing a more comprehen-
sive and intensive Jewish edu-
cation for the community.
From my knowledge not only
the Alit of the Detroit situation but also
the national scene, as president
This Week's Radio and
of the National Conference of
Day School Principals, I can
THE JEWISH HERITAGE"
only urge that adequate atten-
Time: 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
tion be given to these consid-
Feature: "Jewish Heritage in
Rabbi Joseph Elias
English Translation," a discus-
sion of the role of the Jewish
Publication Society, will high-
light the appearances of Lesser Sid Shmarak's
P. Zussman, executive director
of the Society, and Philip Slomo-
vitz, editor and publisher of The
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