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October 23, 1970 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-23

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NEW YORK—The National Cur-
riculum Research Institute, follow.
ing several studies conducted by
the research department of the
American Association for Jewish
Education has begun the prepara-
tion of course outlines for the
teaching of the Jewish Community
in the United States in Jewish
schools, it was announced by Man-
dell L. Berman of Detroit, chair-
man of the governing council of

the AAJE.

Berman, who is chairman of the
planning committee for Jewish ed-
ucation of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare Funds,
told of two recent studies conduct-
ed by the association on the Keren
Ami (Communal Fund) and the
teaching of Jewish civics in Jew-
ish schools, which revealed that
such courses were inadequately
presented in the Jewish school cur-
riculum.

In addition, Berman noted,
"Teachers are poorly prepared,
and few instructional materials
are available to give young peo-
ple a proper understanding of

Use condition of Jewish commu-
nal life is this country."

This is particularly deplorable,"
he said, "at a time when young
people are questioning traditional
patterns of Jewish communal ac-
tivity and when our adult commu-
nity is so feverishly engaged in
raising funds for the many pur-
poses which the Jewish community
supports.
"The AAJE program, therefore,
has been undertaken pot only on
its own educational initiative, but
in response to the critical request
made by federations of this coun-
try who correctly note the ano-
malous situation that allows Jewish
students to be ignorant of the ac.
tivities in which the adult commu-
nity is engaged." Berman said.
Dr. Toby Kurzhand, who has been
appointed consultant on the staff
of the AAJE to direct this pro-
. gram, recently retired as a dis-
trict superintendent of the board of

education in New York City, after
a career as teacher, principal and
administrator. For many years, he
was a leading figure in Reform
Jewish education, during which
time his curriculum outline was
accepted as a standard by Reform
Jewish educators. A national com-
mittee of Jewish and public edu-
cators, federation executives and
other Jewish communal servants,
will guide the work of the commis-
sion.
Dr. Kurzband said the program

will seek to meet head-on funda-
mental questions about Jewish
communal activity. Should Jew
ish communal funds be used for
nonsectarian welfare purposes?
How active should the Jewish
community be in intergroup re-
laticns?

At the same time, It is re-
ported that Israel's U.S. Am-
bassador Itshak Rabin has also
lodged an official complaint with
the foreign ministry against Ja-
cobi, In which he charges that
talks were held with high-rank-
lag American personalities with-

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been determined, work will begin
on preparation of a wide variety
of materials, including textbooks,
to meet the growing readiness of
the high schools and colleges to
institute such Jewish studies.
A gift of $1,000,000 has been as-
sured the AAJE to underwrite the
development and preparation of
the materials for the program.
Dr. Sara Feinstein, recently
named to the AAJE staff, will di-
rect the program, which will be
conducted under the guidance of
the AAJE National Curriculum
Research Institute.

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Through this problem-oriented
approach, Dr. Kurzband hopes to
excite both student and teacher

interest, leading to an exposition
of how the Jewish community
functions, the kinds of institutions
and organizations it has created,
the nature of its internal relation-
shins and aspects of the relation-
ship between the Jewish commu-
nity and the general community
around it.
The study of the Jewish commu-
nity, Dr. Kurzband said, requires
not only a knowledge of what the
community is today, but an oppor-
tunity to think through what the
Jewish community ought to be
like.
Earlier, the association launch-

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ed a three-year program to de-
velop auktertals in Jewish studies
for use In palate hick schools
and colleges in the United
States.

The first stage of the project,
which will determine exactly what
the term "Jewish studies" means
relative to the expanding interest
in such courses in the high schools
and colleges, is expected to be
completed in about six months.
Once this "program design" has

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Golds-Dayan Relations 'Cool'

TEL AVIV (ZINS)—According
to a report published in the Israel
daily Haaretz, relations between
Premier Golda Meir and Defense
Minister Moshe Dayan are now
severely strained, because of an
episode connected with a recent
visit to America by Knesset mem-
ber Gad Jacobi, a member of the
Rafi faction.
It is reported that Jacobi, while
in the U.S., held discussions with
certain high-ranking American of-
ficials, Including Dr. William Kis-
singer and Joseph Sisco, without
the prior approval or knowledge
of Israel's premier.
Mrs. Meir bolds Dayan re-
sponsible in that Jacobi went to
America at Dayan's request. It
is said that she encountered con-
siderable difficulties in her nego-
tiations with the American gov-
ernment because of the previous
talks that Jacobi held with Kis-
singer and Sisco.
Mrs. Meir's intimates also charge
Dayan with giving out erroneous
information concerning the cabi-
net's "total" acceptance of all of
Dayan's conditions as a condition
for his support of Israel's joining
in the American peace initiative
of Secretary of State William
Rogers. The truth is, according to
these sources, the Dayan's so-called
"conditions" were not entirely ac-
cepted.
One example cited is the demand
by Dayan that the government not
delegate responsibility for the
peace talks to Abba Eban and
Yosef Tekoah. The motion, they
- say, was rejected by an Israel
cabinet vote of 12-5.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14—Friday, October 23, 1370

Curriculum in Teaching of Jewish Community
to Be Prepared by Education Association

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out any coordination with the em-
bassy in Washington.
Commenting editorially on this
development, Haaretz notes that
unless Dayan repudiates his con-
nection with Jacobi's actions in
America, he may face an open con-
frontation with Premier Meir which
could have far-reaching conse-
quences.

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TUESDAY, 8:15 p.m.

Oct. 27, 1970

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