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October 15, 1971 - Image 51

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Senous Problems Confront Education

(Continued from
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ure.`either for a teacher -or a di-
appear from recent reviews in
objectives of physical relaxation 7-4h,equality afteachint Personnel:
"Simultaneously, those engaged
rector, without allowing for peri-
the
-field
of
.
general
education - and intellectual--refreshment. .
in Jewish education' cannot "re-
or the -conditions --nf security- , to;
()die review of the' eniployes
that
this
matter
of
perm
_
anent
"A - Central- code Of practice,: which - =such
gard its potential in-the .same ,competence a n d performance :
-
- tenure - is also _regarded as a
central superviiion, central- era- fully entitled: the
materialistic terms as does the
And while such periodic review counter-productive erac tic e feria would relieve the employe nit),
ordinary worker. There are
shouldwant-
want
should be appealable, it should - which ought to be eliminated.
to
-
of his fear of being at the
overriding considerations such
a Teciaditiert--Of stabintiz*S'en
not be subject to arbitration in - "I am opposed to the aping of
his employer.- Several--Years,.--
as the perpetuation of Jewish
thnit-40'
edueltOrs.
the courts or outside of the Jew- existing practices lathe field of -- of ago,
we began such disc
discussions
life. which require -commitment,
ish community. I have, myself.
general "- education, in -w ich
ezuni,s
h and the kind of per-
Ur
_ thseionstbreT e h ey
deini
agr
meed
inati onn
dedication
at :-. v ast
witnessed many examples of teachers: get extended sabbati-
-sonal involvement •which will
th
guaranteed tenure resulting in cals - With pay.."-,I believe periods
central
communicate itself to both Stu-
diminished. performance and in - of respite are essential from
thedc-etointreiCtileardi A*2ieiif: .
sp aid
r ab s laeirde e n anothdf er
portlycC o i pns
unalt!itu
dent and parent alike.
,e l
r atide
o tti,_:._:oindilife
ishieas
ka
dership
'rui
petrifying schoOls and school _ time to. time and opportunities
"It is from these two view-
systems, ' which are unable to must he afforded for a teacher's
points that fhave come to eval-- free themselves from
fromthe bur-. self - improvement. Sabbaticals
join the AAJE, in establishing:a
uate the whole question'of work-
net-- - the Whig; it: „tomtit:go
den of staff that- hides -its in- and special leases-far Six months - national
_
and a regional; Place7: - spersa-2,the
ing relationships. between em-
competence behind a wall of se-
moi
or
:a
year
are"
unwarranted
Yott
of'id
menu service: I
• ;
ri y.
ployer and employe in the fiel d -
alternative
approach
-
either
by'llie
burden
of
work
or
tral hiring and central:placement',
of Jewish education. The vie ws is possible _in giving - employes
the need for self-improvement.
on
a
local
lever
would
beriefic-__.
expressed here are entirely ni Y- contracts for three or five ye-ars
compile* siMjunkelalPte
. into
owirand 'do itot in' any way
to -15= years - of --,.---.t.cottly,:gie---istready_difficult ad- _ently enhance :the ' statusand
_have . ;
'' -curity of Jewish teaching -per- _poured
resent the thinking of the Ame r-
service and then. made pendia- - ministratimi -Or "ar - sehonL, I be. _ sonnet
nent (because at that point of an
ican Association for -Jewish Ed
neve there is stifficient-
tit would -seem ' to -Me that
ucation or any, of its committee
employe's service, -there-: is a
_:"If reitsoir
Within the present seheduleiand -Iong..
Zv ean- net Persiss
:
.-as-_,:present - fraZakel4a, ban :: 46111"11
de us; -
or of the professiOnal, educatid •
commitment to career in _the

-the leeicsipabre logie, ec
perhaps

mare
lime
'might
be
Jewish _eeatioa_40
xt
,alan.ties-• , then
al bodies with* which, e are 'a _ place: of employment.,_ It. would'- provided; -
-
-
accomplish these

it will be impossible to
sociated. And I am responding t
-
- - -
your requeit- for an expressio
r Tea
of views. concerning - problem
• •
enough alit*
toe--
and positions as they have bee
recious
eida
reflected in_a local experience • By
RABBI ABRAHAM MILLGFtAM extending - tiler a -
--
.period.of many :Romani; the, massacre:i:Of - ,whole ---goatalot-
"In my opinion, there-is nee
• -
41.if.:-fririC.
From Jewish Worshijk" to. be centuries. The collective. exp
for effective Jewish self-union n
'communities by -- the Gni=
issued by Jewish Publication So- enee of -the Jewish people was haters; -the - modern struggle, for - ,-cS- :-:the :allMher, ,, - .4se. PARMA:
hatiou by Jewish educators.'
e-
se-Pools.
If
.
-kWh*
-
ciety
*lona
-
of America in November. slowly and painstakingly7 -distilled national home in.the l nd of- Israel - r ,
think that only educators, the
. -, _ a s_41
. tkir---- .-:-hked-'
. of the historic --, PessoritiliC Wer_e:7: ,,- eeis
Reprinted by special arrange- and deposited in the Siddur, -It are t
selves,
but a few
selves, etn -elevate their state
a
*Placeci._thia would heW oeer-:----
: contains - a succession- of liturgic events celebrated - or lamented in.: , come
and guarantee_ -that their pro s meat with the JPS.
.--the--_ -sense -:-of -- -intrecur-
• • •
in
accretions, each reflecting the thee- : the .prayers of the "synagogue - '':' -:, ,,.whi
fession shall be one, of full-tim
indiat
vidtaal
eaebeis
iicboo-is
aidm-ay
prnowpalsin
in ,
logical
-
thinking,
-.the
cultural
-
e
Judaism has given birth to sev-
employment. on a' career -basis
-S
,
_ ...;,_
condi- But the hider ' can - bring one -
At the same time, I am edam • eral religious 'institutions which = tastes ,and the historical
contact with the broad sweep
.
-
d . -.
-
'
antly opposed to unionization of have revolutionized man's world tions --of its _period: The Si dur is into
of Jewish 'ohistoryonly_if heptitz-,'Zit„
(whw's 4,: -013:
anatas-ja
, : ecia
- 0%e
Jewish educators as part of an outlook- and man's way of life. -therefore a lOo:St in triguing work: the story of the ews
for Jew- Jih claw ep:,_
other inclusive Wade union, ' Among these-are the Sabbath and It is not only a handbook
whose _point of - reference does the synagogue. Equally important ish prayer-, but also a faithful me- least thee peak" elents that . gave larivunt --Vire,iluhaus,:iwidre
_... to , -
ssetr
rise to_ the national outbrests of 1_'_,...
-/-m -- M ._
P MBE.,
_
aumunsramost- --:-
not include a basic obligation to are the religious literary classics ord - of _Jewith' thoughts, -;ideals, joyful
thanksgiving - or sorrowful,
roan
ProPoSeti."Widea and nationi :---
hopes :and anxieties during the
that Judaism has begotten—for
-
the Jewish community, itself.
sati° ______
11." -Yet JO_
of its g rowth. The mourning. For; exaniple - if one--__
----1* _ = 121in
- Icliett Are' 1.- -
.power, authority, bureaucra- ' example, the' Bible and the Tal- many centuries
may be regarded as how: is -the grasp the meaning of the ' ut
_,_____
e ‘T. xPress‘"
,
astquaes-,,-4-'t44,44::
cy are not germane to the needs mud. But the religious cla ss ic that ' adder
hi/With benediction Of the Tefilla,'
„,-- ------
--- - . '- -
of the Jewish community and are has been closest to the -heart- of the Jewish book of coMmon - which begins with the malediction. -- ,"VwS• - - _-'• ' '--,-. - - . . -1-
- At retenCi:ippliazisi,;=eapecially
and -the spiritual history of
jot ,
introduced -by .the general union- the -Jew is the Jewish book of :prayer
For
slanderers
the
Jewish
people
i.
there
b4
no
ilioSe
sponsored
_
ay-hr2-the`ArtadafOr ..-
ization . of: Jewish communal - common • prayer, known as the
hope,"' he must know the :events ganizatio eflkstridt,;the
triticiama :
Another-' ch_aracteristic of - the that followed
service. But I do believe that Siddur. _ -
the rise - ' of Chris- ef the'lesvishlieh-tiola:Martbefead .
self-organization and self-union-, In modern times many Jews have Siddur has been its relative reIe- nanny and theanti-Jewish ,activi; min/Strutors _ - (..stablishment ?"'). --,
ization are essential, particular- lost touch with their spiritual ' vent"; because Of . its traditional ties of some of the 'early, -Chria---.-
- as Weltne-leachere'Were -so -devai-: - -
ly in the field of Jewish educa- patrimony. The Bible and the Tal- hospitality to new prayers. While: tians. If one is to appreciate. the-tating
that; on would imagine that
tion.
mud, the cornerstones of Judaism, other religious classics, like the bitterness of the Sabbath Mire=
---hanItrillitcYbas
- alreact, set in.
The
"So far as I know, the codes have unfortunately shared the pro- Bible and the Talmud, were penna- ing prayer "0 Father of mercy, "halehailln,!! --laYMesihe
nentiy
clo
s
'are On
ed te new material once . .- . remember those - loving, up- 'the--boardS Otachtie/airpiere,'espe-
of practice proposed by the Na'- verbial fate of the classic which
people
talk
about
but
hardly,
ever'
they
were
completed,
the
prayer
right, and -b lameless
- -tional Council of Jewish Educa-
lameless ones who laid, ciallY'.cendenined - itiv= he in g indif-7
tion are -advisory in character. read. The contents of these monu- book always-remained
reained open-ended: down their lives for the sanitili- - - ferent
to needs of the hools and-.
They are statements-of'-Optimum mental religious works are, for ill-- All other- classics could be enriched cation of the divine name," one nierelY following- the 'sc _Acta*
of
practical purposes, unknown among only through . comnientaries, must be informed about the rdat
aspirations. If applied
.:-
:
seheolidadniairtheri
-without Stud.:
mass Of the Jewish people. As glossee. and other marginal notes; sacres _by the Crusaders. - . jying the
they would bankrupt individual' the
-
migEt-
Itchier
conditions
as
their
the
Siddur
he expected, the Siddur has
remained open to- new -
schools and the Jewish commu-
affect tha..cominunity'it
edudational :
- Among the authors of the many --____,
,.
ity as -a whole. The AAJE has fallen into a similar obscurity. - _ prayere and could thus meet the beseec.hments,
thanksgiv i - ngs - arid 7'-`,____;,„
needs
aris`mg
from new situations.:,
ema fo r which so much money ti -:
In
recent
years
the
-
J
eW'S-.
In-- T t-
never approved the proposed
dirges
-
th
t
fill
th
.
pa
*.a_s;--:in
a
ges of the -"'
-sense,-,the- looseleai-,-srddis-F-04--”iiiii-k-ea-ih:--shrigng
'}'"•
codes of practice, except in terest in the Siddur beenif
7- - -_ ' --' ' ,.....
111OMXIMeit,...agheal 131ei
classic. of-the Jewish 'people. Thii- li ghts of
1)1n
vague principle. There are many stimulated by developments within flexibilitii"
--
gave___
the-
Siddur
the
the
Jewish
spurt-To
be
arid
the-re-ligh:Mniiehoola
conducted
and
without
the
Jewish
commu-
features of these codes which
sure,
most
of
the
prayers
were
137 -a/mail/nes were equally : sub-
ought to be incorporated in em- nity. Forces; mainly sociological, added -Clirnension --of...tiineliness, a composed .-by
by Men: who preferred' iecte11:10 -:eOnderibiatien- bY , pupils
- :serve
ployment contracts- Thereare have catapulted the synagogue into quality which enabled it to
needs of the Jewish v'e°i'le anonymity.- But among those who - who said: they Ieitriied -,- verY little
many other features which ought a position of centrality in the
' can be identified, one fords priests during the -- itilOY- Yearn--
in- Which
to be incorporated after modifi- American Jewish community. The up to the modern era. And it suited and prephets
the spiritual needs of the Jewish ,:r.
psalmists and sage&• they were -"compellect". --by parents
cation. There are some so Ely- Siddur, which is the instrument of people
Pnuosophers ' and ' poets, mystics to attend Jewish eliaies -in- order
most
admirably.
synagogue
worship,
has
thus
be-
sian in character as to be im
and martyrs.
attain
_
_ - Bar Mitzia. -
practicable. It is nevertheless come an object of interest to the _ k The Siddur is one of the crown- But most rewarding is _the - to These
many Jews who have become af-
achievements of the religious
k .
'
criticis
true that central agencies or fM
ms merit 1 ,6,_
ated
with
the
synagogue.
eachings
of,
the
Pharisees,
who
glimpse
into
the
soul
of
the
- Jew, eration because,theyinith.s did not
Jewish education and individual
schools should , adopt codes_ of i Equally important has been the tr anslated the abstract teachings :is people that one gains through avow alienation --.•-
-•, theY-rejected
practice, which clearly state the 0 mpact of religious movements-° f the prophets into the living ea- an acquaintance with the Strider; that 1—htit declared an-earnest de-
obligation of the employer to the t utside of Judaism. Some. Chris- erience of their day and trans- la the prayera one can sense the , sire to be inirolved Jewishly, to die
1 ormed the ritual symbolism of pulse of the Jewish heart, , the
employe, and it is equally true ian theologians have given pro- ,‘.
--identified
.; But
'they charged - tat
h
f ound thought to the subject of._
L h ° e sacrificial cult of the Temple innermost feelings of the Jewish 'theY were not helped to understand -
that salaries and fringe benefits I iturgy
and
to
the
worship
have
-
delved
deeply
m
of the' synagogue people in their moments of exal- . and -to hnovk-
for full-time educators remain i
y jo
woefully below those of general s nto, the meaning and role of wor- w hich was characterized .b . _ - tenon and dejection -, One can .also - Th
The iiti . tians : mini: A:time,
educators and increasingly lag hip in the life of modern man. w ardness and simplicity. The'. discern the Jewish people's as-
These
theological
explorations
rophets
repudiated
mere
outward
piratioris and disillusionments; its, expressions'. of vieivs by a very eiiii
have P
behind the rise of , the cost of . r
neat
esulted in a number of striking eremeny as a means of approach- ideals, and , its profoundest beliefs. tions educator: and the condennni-:
living.
-
.
-
hanges in-
, , by- - youths 'combine-to en3pist, -
traditionalliturgy w g- God, and the rabbis a the '-
"A salary study conducted by o f some the
The JeW of old kneW his Siddur -size_ we'heed -fore therMigh
churches. 'T
. , -leseart*-'.
the AAJE,. and about to be pub-
aimed
implemented
the
proph-
and
he
loved
it.
He
enshrined
it
'w-
we
needsand-a stu d
Reading about these and other e tic : teachings by composing the in
y af' erdit =
his
heart"
lished; will demonstrate - again evelopments among his neighbors,
as the roost belayed -log: eoeditions- by;exPerta in, exist-
sential prayers of the synagogue. of all his religions
that in the course of the past 10 in any a Jew asks himself: What es
_prayers and - benedictions, -ceeding even-the - possessions, ex7 to arrive - at a PrOPer'sOlatioit, 901-
years the gap in salaries -be- a b _ out the liturgy of the iyna- th The
e
Ho/y_ Scripture& in stieh'fashion gail ineomPetenee- :
tween Jewish educators and 'go gee? Are the prayers of the ou psalms • and hymns ; . the joy- This' , sentimental relationship be ;--het-er'ided.-
--:-°a1Y -h3r- ]mowing :the-
those in public education has sy nagogue still relefant,. or do di s Ahanksgivings -and mournful .tween - the Jew and his Siddur is fact can
we have a proper - search, '`
widened and the chasni between th ey _require adjustments-'or per- n rges which
e constitute, the compo--.-- due in -- larg measure to its per- _for -- teaehers,- and-._only
eat part, of the Siddur:evoke not sonal orientation: The Bible, So10-, means --Might - there ,- be, :a' such:-
increased " salaries, and -the : in- ha ps even radical changes? -
y emotions, but also national,; mon Schechter- has pointed out
better
crease- in the cost of living has
curricula* that,-will proyida what.
-grown deeper. - - • de Though the prayer book is or- m emories and hopes. The prayers, is the record of _Grod's :revelation ; -,
th_._
e
Yolirin
_
___.
rly enough. to merit "the name -of the Siddur ate the 'precipita
ste_
m
-aSk
.
____
-fOr,,L
, he
t
f_, •-....:.
kdawl" e.
es to Israel:
'The Siddur : hoWevir; la----eonewouS'
'On the subject of 'tenure my- Si ddur, the; nature of its -develop- of
W' -1.AC,
:_
--, 41.7-`'wrY-:.:: _wl'.#_,__
°` :
the profoundest Jewish historic:the record of Israel's self- ell lia.,.W. 'nenitire--
attitude is - somewhat Victorian. m entand maturation is hardly or esPe
. r.. __ -euesn'oletY .- Anit
..........., ,.0MS'
rience& -Through its contents thin -to Goil. In it the. Jew opens -.inai
I believe people should have von- -de ray, for it did not emerge as a one -can
"
....,
Aw
glimpse 'the panorama of his heart
„...„,_
uti..?.a.....
°t-th
,;‘......s
eael-,PLYu-
. - ....int•S t
tracts-, and, wherever poisible; fin ished product, logically- arranged Je wish
to his Maker and se- ._- can be att ained
m- the earliest /eats to Him
history fro
his deepest yearn- for otte -:-
''-.4 "vrw. ''''''---- .
_such contracts should be for ex-, an d authoritatively fixed by a coup- tim e to our
SeheediilOid -` instigation
-
own
day.
The
redemp-
ings
and
his
highest
aspirations.
.
tended periods of time. But I. cil of scholars. It - is the end prod- do n from Egyptian slavery,
10_____
ifiViag 'Mim; P. rtoritit
..
in; com'
the And the -Jew. was amply TETI/aided:7 r 41212U
-do not -believe in permanent ten- uc t of a slow- historic process-
allocation W
rocess vie
ln- .
Vie
" "$: sums to
tory - of - the Hasmoneans - over for his love of the Siddur, It gave :maze celtere-the 'priiiiary;vonsid-
thear
' .52—Friday, neither 15, 1971
de- him the healing balm of - solace erati° 1 1° the. Jew i
THE DETROIT JEWISH 'NEWS s ir Syrian oppressors, the .the
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eammhaitielL
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