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September 13, 1968 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-09-13

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Higher Sala!), Increments, Fringe Benefits
Included in Hebrew Teachers' New Contract

The United Hebrew Schools and
the Association of Hebrew Teach-
ers announcd that a satisfactory
conclusion has been reached in
their negotiations for a new two-
year contract, which became effec-
tive Sept. 1.
"The new contract is a major
step forward in the professionali-
zation of Hebrew teachers in De-
troit," reported Robert Kasle,
Chairman of the UHS personnel
committee. The salary scale adopt-
ed provides for a proportionately
greater salary increment for those
teachers who teach 20 hours per
week to encourage more teachers
to achieve the 20-hour status. In an
attempt to further- develop the pro-
fessional status of the Hebrew
school teacher, the following state-
ment of aim was included in the
"It shall be the policy of the
United Hebrew Schools to estab-
lish conditions for the development
of a professional Hebrew school
teaching corps. Accordingly, a
committee, consisting of the board,
administration, association and all
schools and parties affected by
such a program, shall be establish-
ed to consider the feasibility and
implementation of such a plan".
Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig,

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president of the Association of
Hebrew Teachers, noted that
substantial salary increments
were achieved over the past
scale, but with the new feature
of a three-level scale, with
greatest benefits going to the 20-
hour teacher. In addition, a sab-
batical leave program was ap-
proved and scheduled, sick
leave provisions for teachers
were increased, and additional
avenues of communication ex-
panded between the association
and the board of the United He-
brew Schools. Additional benefits

New Quarterly Review
Published in Israel

Orot, a new quarterly review,
is being published in Israel.'
Featuring Hebrew literary mate-
rial, the new. journal, published by
the Depar,tment for Education and
Culture in t h e Diaspora, Jeru-
salem, contains the English trans-
lations_ on opposite pages with the
This literary collection, contain-
ing essays, narratives and poems,
is of value to students of Hebrew
who are enabled to enrich their
Hebrew vocabulary by reading

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
. and Me'

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

THE SCHOOL SEASON: The new school year starts under the
shadow of apprehension that a further decline in the enrollment in
Jewish schools in this country may take place, especially in the
afternoon schools.
The attendance in Jewish schools has fallen from 600,000 in
previous years to 540,000 in the school year just concluded. This is
a substantial decline. All indications point to the possibility that
during the new school year the number of pupils in all types of
Jewish schools—with the exception perhaps of the all-day schools—
will go further down.
Four reasons are seen as factors leading to the decline in the
number of pupils in the afternoon schools. One of the major reasons
is the reorganization which is now taking place in the general public
school system in the larger cities. Jewish families—like many of their
non-Jewish neighbors who do not want to be involved in racial issues
—are moving to the suburbs where the public school problem is not
so acute. They may find there a Jewish Sunday school but no after-
noon school. And most of them are not interested enough to establish
an afternoon school. Thus, their children who attend such a school
in the city are lost to afternoon school education.
Another reason for the anticinated dwindling in the enrollment
in the schools is the decline in Jewish birth rate. The results of this
decline were felt last year both in the Sunday schools and in the
afternoon schools. A third reason is the growing indifference to Jewish
education of their children on the part of the second and third genera-
tions of American-born parents.
Then comes the fourth reason—the critical shortage in qualified
Jewish teachers. While the Sunday schools where Jewish education
is minimal can function with less qualified teachers, this cannot be
the case with the afternoon schools which attempt to give the pupils
more extended Jewish instruction.
WORLD CENSUS: The crisis in Jewish education in the United
States was the subject of discussion a few weeks ago at a conference
of the World Council on Jewish Education held in Geneva, Switzer-
land. The results of a world census on Jewish education—the first
such census ever to be taken—were presented at the conference by
Dr. Azriel Eisenberg, noted American Jewish educator, and the
picture that emerged was gloomy.
The census established that in terms of the number of children
attending all types of Jewish schools, the United States comes next
to Israel and second in the world. There were 631,500 children of
school age attending Jewish schools in Israel last year, and there
were 540,000 pupils of the same age in Jewish schools in the United
The world census on Jewish education also shows that in the
rest of the world outside of Israel and the United States—in Western
European countries, Latin American countries, Canada, South Africa,
Australia, and in Moslem lands—there are fewer than 200,000 Jewish
children today receiving a Jewish education at a time when the
number of Jewish children of school age there is twice as much.
Even in Canada only 48 per cent of the entire Jewish school population
is attending Jewish schools.
With Israel and the United States showing in the census a joint
attendance of more than 1,171,000 pupils—out of the total of 1,300,000
reported enrolled in all Jewish schools of the free world—it is obvious
that the American Jewish community must display a much greater
responsibility in promoting Jewish education than it does. As one of
the two pillars on which Jewish education in the world stands today,
American Jewry must come to the realization that mere talking about
the need to strengthen Jewish education in this country is not enough.
American Jewish leaders must at least become aware of the fact that
the immediate future of the Jewish afternoon schools naw hangs in
the balance. They must act urgently to remedy the situation.

for a master's degree were
agreed upon.
In a further attempt to develop
the professional Hebrew school
teacher and to eliminate as much
as possible those teachers who
cannot participate fully in the in-
service training programs and co-
curricular activities which are ex-
pected of the Hebrew school teach-
er, newly hired staff in the future
will be eligible for fringe benefits,
tenure, etc., only if they are fully-
participating teachers and provid-
ing such teachers at the end of
three years have permanent He-
brew teaching certificates issued
by the Detroit Board of License.
Included in the contract are
the continuation Of the broad
spectrum of fringe benefits
which teachers of the United He-
brew Schools had in the past.
These include: participation in
the Jewish Welfare Federation
pension program, a sickness and
accident wage indemnity pro-
gram (providing 75 per cent of
salary for 28 weeks in the event
of an illness or accident), a sub-
stantial life insurance policy,
full family Blue Cross or Com-
munity Health Association prem-
ium payments, as well as partici-
pation- in the Social Security
Members of the personnel corn-
mittee of the United Hebrew
Schools under the chairmanship of
Robert Kasle are: Milton Lucow,
Gordon Ginsberg, Dr. Benjamin L.
Yapko, UHS associate superin-
tendent, and Isadore J. Goldstein,
UHS executive secretary.
Menahem Glaser and Joseph
Baras, with Rabbi Rosenzveig,
comprised the committee members
for the Hebrew Teachers Associa-


Friday, September 13, 1968-9

Current Housing Shortage Puts Damper on Aliya

TEL AVIV (ZINS)—The Jewish
Agency is forced to reject applica-
tions of would-be settlers due to
an acute housing shortage in Israel,
declared Leon Dultzin, executive
member of the World Zionist Or-
Because of this situation, which
exists particularly in Jerusalem,
he stated, only 3,200 immigrants
from America were processed this

year instead of the 5,000 who ap-
However, he forecast that about
40,000 immigrants from various
countries will be accommodated in
Current Jewish Agency debts
amount to $300,000,000, but it is
safely assumed they will not be

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