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January 20, 1967 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-01-20

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Education Improvements, Teachers Training
Called the Responsibility of Federations

Federations and welfare funds
have a major responsibility to help
improve post-elementary Jewish
education and recruit and train the
most able teachers to give young
people the highest quality educa-
tion possible.
These recommendations are made
in a report -released by the Nation-
al Committee on Federation Plan-
ning for Jewish Education estab-
lished a year ago by the Council
of Jewish Federations and Welfare
The report, issued following an
intensive year-long study for the
vast problems of Jewish education
in North America, noted that close
to 90 per cent of Jewish children
drop out of Jewish schools before
they enter high school except in
the day school movement.
In the year since it was set up.
following the 1967 CJFWF General
Assembly in Montreal, the commit-
tee focused on two priorities:
To seek ways central commu-
nity efforts and planning can help
recruit, train and utilize top-
quality teachers since Jewish edu-
cation can only be as good as its
To determine ways commu-
nities can upgrade post-elemen-
tary education, which the renort
emphasi7es. is indispensable for
a meaningful Jewish education.
If progress on these problems
in Jewish education can be made,
the beneficial effects on the en-
tire field of Jewish education
would be far-reaching.
Both priorities clearly are ed-
eration and welfare fund respon-
sibilities. the committee report rec-
ommended. since almost no Jewish
school is equipped to train its own
teachers and only a small number
of congrevations can initiate and
maintain high quality post-elemen-
tary schools.
The committee is chaired by Man-
dell L. Berman of Detroit, and Lavy
M. Becker of Montreal serves as
vice-chairman. Committee members
include William Avrunin, Albert
Elazar and Hyman Safran of De-
Federation planning for Jew-
ish education should not lag be-
hind its planning function in the
health and welfare fields, the re-
port stated.
Only seven cities in the United
States have accredited institutions
to train Jewish teachers, the report
stated. All of the accredited schools
together graduate only some- 130
teachers a year — of whom only
one-half enter the Jewish teaching
profession. - More than 500 teachers
are needed annually for weekday
schools alone.
The current fragmentation of
Jewish schools makes the teacher
shortage even more bleak, the re-
port noted, as it multiplies the
number of teachers required; and
wastefully spreads thin the inade-
quate number now teaching.
The report noted six reasons for
the extremely high dropout rate
in Jewish schools among children
during their junior high school
The unsatisfactory experience
of many children in their ele-
mentary education schooling.
The attitude of parents. "This
is crucial, because it has been
demonstrated that a cooperative
and consistently positive attitude
in the home is essential for a
meaningful education in the class-
The inadequacies of curricu-
Lack of qualified teachers.
Small classes in fragmented -
Competition of public school
pressures and time schedules.
Attracting highly competent peo-
ple to the teaching profession re-
quires at least the same attention
that has been given to recruitment
for the other Jewish communal
services — as in social work, the
report noted. This requires the
cooperation of the Jewish national
The report urged that Jewish
agencies and institutions cooperate
to develop career orientation con-

ferences and distribute information
on careers in Jewish education;
salaries and fringe benefits should
match standards in teaching in pub-
lic schools; full-time employment
for teachers presently employed
part-time should be made available
whenever possible; scholarships
and fellowships should be offered
to the most promising teachers to
deepen their education at Jewish

teacher traiing institutions, and at
universities offering courses in
The committee will follow up its
report in helping communities to
consider and act on the recom-
mendations most applicable to their
own needs. The committee also will
address itself to other elements of
federation responsibility in this


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Stalemate in SZ School Mediation

Dov Parshan, chairman of the
Shaarey Zedek Teachers Associa-
tion mediation group, announced
near midnight Wednesday that a
full day's negotiations with the
synagogue's representatives, at the
office of the Michigan Mediation
Board, failed to reach an agree-
ment on several basic issues.
Parshan said that the issues on
which there was no agreement in-
cluded- the question of teachers'
services on Saturdays, tenure,
salary adjustments and probation-
ary periods for teachers.
Unless agreement can be reached
during the current week, a strike
vote will be taken by the teachers
on Jan. 31, Parshan said.
The Shaarey Zedek stalemate

Friday, January 20, 1967-11

comes at a time when the United
Hebrew Schools teachers and ad-
ministration reached an agree-
ment that is believed to be of such
vast importance, so amicable, that
it will set standards for teachers'
employment in all American Jew-
ish communities.
Louis B err y, president of
Shaarey Zedek, said he was puz-
zled by the attitude of the teachers.
He said the congregation's media-
tors were prepared to use the
United Hebrew Schools' agreement
as a basis for the synagogue's
relationships with its teachers and-
he said he hoped that an agree-1
meat will be reached during the
coming _few days.


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Philip Slomovitz

President of Israel

Publisher, The Jewish News

Harry M. Orlinsky

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