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May 23, 1980 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-05-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

6 Friday, May 23, 1980

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the virtual certainty of a
continuing drop in the
Jewish birthrate.
The peek into the future
was made by Dr. George
Pollak, director of the de-
partment of community
services, studies and statis-
tical information for the
American Association of
Jewish Education (AAJE).
His preview appeared in the
winter 1980 issue of "The
Pedagogic Reporter."
Pollak reported that
while the most recent
Jewish school census noted
"a promising increase" in
the primary age groups, all
too often, "while nursery
and kindergarten
enrollments seem promis-
ing," with the start of the
elementary grades, "a
number of potential stu-
dents disappear into the
non-Jewish private
schools."
He suggested that the
influx of Soviet Jewish
newcomer children
might alter a forecast of
flat or slightly decreased
day school enrollment
"in the short run," but ul-
timately, the costs of day
school education would
"prove to be a serious de-
terrent." He warned that
"federations may not be
able to sustain a higher

(Copyright 1980, JTA, Inc.)

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predicted that Sunday
school attendance would
continue to decline and that
day school enrollment will
reach a plateau or perhaps
drop slightly "because of the
inexorable rise in costs" and

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subsidy level" and that
this would effectively
slow "the forward
movement of the day
schools" and "the day
high schools will be
equally affected."
Pollak added that the
enrollment in supplemen-
tary Jewish schools prob-
ably will not increase
dramatically, but that "the
content of education" will be
more "formally oriented."
Pollak also applied his
yardstick for the future to
"the potential for employ-

Guberman Poems
Caused Arrest,
Wife Claims

NEW YORK — The ar-
rest and imprisonment of
Soviet Jewish activist Igor
Guberman resulted from
satirical political verses he
was suspected of writing,
,according to Guberman's
wife, Tatyana.
The verses were among
the materials the KGB
asked about when they
searched Guberman's
apartment shortly before
his arrest. Aug. 13. Guber-
man was charged with trad-
ing in stolen icons.
Guberman, who had prev-
iously remained silent
about his poetry, recently
smuggled some of his
newest verses out of prison.
The poetry, written while in
jail, deals with the
paradoxes of his current
situation:
Russia is immur2 to
plan,
undefinable is she.
Where else must the
common man
go to prison to be free.

ment of Jewish educators"
in the coming decade. He
argued that there is no evi-
tlence of a reversal of the
present pattern of "a declin-
ing number of positions for
full-time teachers under
'present conditions," a fore-
cast he paid might be true,
but to a lesser degree, for
Jewish school adminis-
trators.
The AAJE expert pre-
dicted that the mood for in-
novation and experimental
programs in Jewish schools
"may be tempered by a re-
turn to more traditional
methods."
He suggested a change
in approach, geared to
the possibility that
"though there may be
fewer students," those
who "will be exposed to
Jewish education will get
a more stringent diet,"
with less stress on quan-
tity and more on quality.
He said "the day schools
have already opted for
this alternate. Other sec-
tors williperforce, follow
suit."
He foresaw a trend
toward merger of school
physical plants "to conserve
the resources that Jewish
education will be able to
muster." He also foresaw "a
greater role for the central
agencies for Jewish educa-
tion and for community
planners."

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Kids of Divorced
Aided by UAHC

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Guictelines for use by rabbis
and teachers to help meet
the special needs of the
growing number of children
in religious schools whose
parents are divorced are of-
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HIAS Opens
Brooklyn Office

NEW YORK — The He-
brew Immigrant Aid
Society (HIAS) opened a
Brooklyn office at the
Shorefront YM-YWHA
early this month.
The office offers many
HIAS services, including
the preparing of letters of
invitation, adjustment of
resident status, instruction
in applying for citizenship
and location of relatives.

Court Overturns
Civil Rights Law

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The ruling by a California
federal district court declar-
ing unconstitutional a 1972
amendment to the 1964
Civil Rights Law requiring
unions and employers to ac-
commodate to "reasonable
religious needs of workers
was described as an "ano-
maly" which will probably
be reversed on appeal.
Federal District Judge
Edward Schwartz of San
Diego ruled May 6 that such
laws violate the First
Amendment and "result in
an impermissible govern-
ment entanglement with
religion."
He ruled in favor of th
General Dynamics Convaf
Aerospace Division, which
dismissed a Seventh Day
Adventist who refused to
join a union because of his
religion.

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