Southfield and Oak Park High Schools
Hebrew language studies
which were introduced in the
Southfield and Oak Park high
schools last September will
be continued next year.
Heads of departments and
principals of the schools ex-
pressed satisfaction with the
results and indicated a hope
that the successes attained
thus far will be exceeded in
the years ahead.
There were three sections
in the Oak Park schools, with
an enrollment of 65. Harry
Jubas is the teacher.
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, May 18, 1973-5
Muratzki is especially dis- the coming year, may ac-
Harry Weberman, assistant
principal, while enthusiastic tressed that not enough non- count for reduction in the
over the introduction of the Jews are studying Hebrew. size of classes. She said
program and the interest
that was shown during the are in this year's classes and brew classes will necessitate , Elegant
Sizes to Fit All 4 to 44.
first year, is somewhat dis-
tressed because the enroll- will enroll in the future.
Murry X. Koblin Adv.
"There is the importance the need to abandon or re-
ment for the coming year,
thus far, is only 33 for He-
brew I and 15 for Hebrew II.
He had hoped for a better Muratzki said, "and there is
the interest that should be
Weberman pointed out that aroused among those who
foreign language studies gen- may hope eventually to enter
erally have declined in high the government foreign serv-
schools and colleges in this ice that may take them to
country, except for the in- Israel."
He placed emphasis on the
creasing interest in Russian,
Chinese and Hebrew. He ex- interest among young Jews
pressed the hope that the who are deeply interested in
earlier enthusiasm for inclu- I s r a e l's development, so
sion of Hebrew in high school many of whom are planning
programs will again be in to tour Israel and for whom
evidence among the students. the spoken language is so
Richard Leland, assistant vital. "Malka's method"—
principal of Southfield-La- he referred to the Hebrew
thrup High School, was es- teacher, Mrs. Littman, by
pecially gratified by the re- her Hebrew name Malka—is
sults. He considers the 76 so effective that it proves
enrollees in the three classes fruitful for the upcoming
in both Southfield high tourists in Israel," Muratzki
schools to have been success- said. He said he was serious-
ful and the two classes in ly concerned that the Hebrew
Hebrew I and two in Hebrew program should be a success
II for the coming year were because it is both a modern
indicated by him as evidenc- and a classical language as
ing a desire to encourage the taught today and is valuable
for the visitor in Israel, for
Mrs. Rita Foote of the the eventual pursuer of gov-
Southfield High School staff, ernment service in the for-
who assisted in organizing eign field as well as for
the program, was similarly those who may wish to study
to become rabbis or Chris-
enthused over the results.
Of special interest are the tian ministers.
"That is why I had hoped
impressions and the attitude
of Will Muratzki, head of the for a greater burst of interest
foreign language department in so important a language
in the Southfield high subject," Muratzki said.
"It did not develop to the
Muratzki spoke highly of extent we had hoped. We are
the qualifications and devo- not abandoning hope. A new
tions of Mrs. Marilyn Litt- encouragement from parents
man, the Hebrew language as well as students will be
teacher in the Southfield high valuable."
schools. He said her use of
Mrs. Foote pointed out that
the "Habet u-Shma" audio the general decline in the
lingual teaching method has Southfield school population,
been successful and he ex- from 16,701 in 1972 to 15,346
pressed satisfaction with the in 1973, and an expected
rapport between teacher and drop of another 1,000 during
students in the Hebrew
He, too, had cause for dis-
appointment over forthcom-
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