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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-07-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 27, 1979 21

Education of Russian Emigres Found Inadequate by AAJE

tional integration of Rus-
sian children "showed a
lack of direction and uni-
formity as to how to do it
properly, fund it properly'
and link it properly to pro-
grams involving their par-
ents and families."
He said the survey, which
scanned 45 Jewish com-
munities throughout the
country during the 1978-
1979 academic year, found
"wide variances in
methodologies" employed
by schools to integrate Rus-
sian children into their stu-
dent bodies, a "scattergun
approach" toward com-
munal subsidization of tui-
tion costs; and a dearth of
classes to educate parents
— themselves deprived of
Judaic instruction in the
Soviet Union — about their
religion, culture and tradi-
tions.
"Probably the most

NEW YORK (JTA). — Ar-
thur Brody, the president of
the American Association
for Jewish Education
(AAJE) warned this week
that the "vast majority" of
children of recently-arrived
Soviet Jewish immigrants
may be lost to the next
generation of Jewish life in
the United States" unless a
coordinated effort is under-
taken to determine the most
effective means of affording
them a comprehensive
Jewish education.
Brody said a nationwide
AAJE survey of provisions
made by local Jewish com-
munities for the educa-

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in day schools and were thus ing communities provided ment of systematic tech-
free of the necessity of special classes for the par- niques in these areas
attending classes in Sunday ents of immigrant children "would give invaluable
or after-hours supplemen- — these, primarily through guidance to schools and
local Jewish community other agencies seeking to
tary Hebrew schools.
Brody said the day centers or community integrate these young
schools' high level of Judaic bureaus of Jewish educa- people and their families
instruction, concentration tion. The AAJE president into the mainstream of
of classroom time and said the survey's findings Jewish religious and com-
structured curriculum and "offer compelling reasons munal life — more particu-
learning, discipline — the for the Jewish community larly, if the Soviet Union
last best approximating the to analyze and evaluate the continues to lower immi-
regimen to which the Rus- practices of educating Rus- gration barriers and permit
sian children are accus- sian Jewish children and even greater numbers of
Jews to come to the United
tomed — "make their utili- funding their schooling."
He said that the develop- States."
zation most desirable and
valuable from the viewpoint
of the Jewish community."
However, even in this
setting the AAJE
president deplored "the
absence of evaluative na-
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By example, Brody said
Matthew Minetz.
Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.) the survey showed that 42
asked for the closed session schools placed the Russian
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what assurances Jewish and general studies classes,
groups had received from five provided special classes
the Romanian government in both areas and 30 em-
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reached with the Roma-
nian government" by a
representative of the
Presidents Conference.
But Jacob Birnbaum, di-
rector of the Center for Rus-
sian and East European
Jewry, voiced opposition in
testimony to the subcom-
mittee. He urged a monitor-
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distressing disclosure,
however, is the problem
of retention — how long
the students remained in
the schools in which they
were initially enrolled,"
he said.
Among the 40 schobls
providing data in this area,
only four reported "some
students continuing their
Jewish education through
high school," Brody said
"The remainder stayed for
considerably shorter
periods — some as little as
one year or only as long as
they received scholarship
stipends."
He said the survey, which
was conducted by the
AAJE's Department of
Community Service, Infor-
mation and Studies under
the supervision of Depart-
ment director Dr. George
Pollak, found a preponder-
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