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February 17, 1984 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Education Is Changing in Detroit

(Continued from Page 1)
To Joseph Colten,
chairman of the Jewish
Welfare Federation's
Culture and Education
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troit's Jewish community
depends on how creative
our educational institu-
tions and agencies can be
in reaching out to young
people.
Rabbi Gerald Teller,
superintendent of one of
those Federation agencies,
the United Hebrew Schools,
estimates that 60 to 70 per-
cent of Detroit's Jewish
children up to age 13 are re-
ceiving some kind of Jewish
education during the school
year. But that can mean
anywhere from five days a
week for day school stu-
dents to two hours a week
for others.
Educators and Jewish
communal leadership are
concerned: Should we be
worrying that the minimum
is too minimum if we are to
instill a sense of Jewish
identity in our children?
Where are those children
who get no Jewish educa-
tion at all? What happens
after a student reaches age
13?
According to Rabbi Tel-
ler, there has been a sig:
nificant increase in UHS
enrollment — from nursery
school through high school
— since the spring . of
Growing numbers of
post-Bar and Bat Mitzva
students, eager to
explore their Jewish
identity, are continuing
their Jewish education in
Hebrew high school, he
said.
UHS Hebrew High School
students may choose to be
part of either the Hebraica
or Judaica programs. Heb-
raica students participate
in in-depth Hebrew, Bible,
rabbinic and philosophy
studies. Judaica program
participants focus on Israeli
dance, Hebrew calligraphy,
journalism and recreational
activities. Teenagers in
both - programs discuss cur-
rent issues facing the
Jewish community. In addi-
tion, there is a jointly spon-
sored Hebrew high school
program with Cong.
Shaarey Zedek.
More and more, innova-
tion and creativity are the
name of the game in Jewish
education, whether to
interest new students or to
keep alive the interest of
post Bar and Bat Mitzva
students.
The Hebrew High School
Institute is one of the pilot
projects funded by the Max
M. Fisher Jewish Commu-
nity Foundation of United
Jewish Charities. Coordi-
nated through the UHS
Community Services Di-
vision and in its third year
of funding, the institute is a
creative workshop that
brings together five stu-
dents from each of 10 par-
ticipating high schools
under Jewish auspices to
explore issues of common
concern. Recent topics have
included "What is a Jew"
and "The Future of the
American Jewish Commu-
nity."
Another Foundation
grant has provided for a
UHS-Bnai Brith Judaica
program. This stresses
the introduction of sig-

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nificant Jewish ideas to crease in numbers of
Bnai Brith Youth Organ- adults wanting to learn
ization members through conversational Hebrew
CLOSED
their AZA and BBG chap- and Yiddish. Reaching
WED. &
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ters. A Judaica specialist out beyond the tradi-
works with both UHS tional walls of higher
and BBYO, in the joint learning, Midrasha on
capacity as head of the Wheels brings a teacher
BBG program and leader to a community group or
of the UHS high school organization. Besides,
student council.
the Midrasha library has
Some youngsters require more than 30,000 volumes
extra help with their in English, Yiddish and
studies. "Veshinan Tam" Hebrew.
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UHS and Temple Beth El. It
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is supported by the Norman Hebrew Schools, 354-1050.
and Rose Shulevitz Founda-
tion through the United
Jewish Charities. Children
from age 8 to high school
with a variety of learning
disabilities study the
Jewish holidays, symbols,
Shabat, Bible heroes and in-
troductory Hebrew. Bar and
Bat Mitzva training is
available. Currently, 40
boys and girls are involved.
Jewish learning does not
take place in the classroom AMERICA'S PLUMPEST PITTED PRUNES
alone, nor does it 'end with
the final school bell in June.
The Fresh Air Society
summer camping programs
offer a wide variety of rec-
reational activities in a
Jewish environment.
It is estimated that 20 to
30 percent of the Fresh Air
Society summer campers
are not enrolled in a Jewish
education program during
the school year,-making the
camping experience all the
more important as their sole
exposure to Jewish educa-
tion, culture and customs.
Through Hebrew
songs, Shabat celebra-
tions, camp events on
AMERICA'S FAVORITE FIGS
Jewish themes and reli-
gious art projects, cam-
pers share their common
heritage. Additionally,
Israeli counselors pro-
vide an added dimension
to the experience.
One of the specialized
summer camp programs is
Kfar Ivri at Camp Maas,
co-sponsored by the Fresh
Air Society and United
Hebrew Schools. Kfar Ivri is
open to boys and girls who
are students of any Jewish
school and want to enrich
their cultural knowledge
and Hebrew language
skills.
AMERICA'S RAISIN CHOICE
Once in college, young
adults often find there is lit-
tle time for the activities
that bring teenagers to-
gether. The Hillel Founda-
tion units offer college stu-
dents a place to meet, eat
and celebrate.
A new Hillel Foundation
project, funded by the Max
M. Fisher Jewish Commu-
nity Foundation, is seeking
to bring together Jewish
graduate students at the
University of Michigan.
The project is tailored to
their professional and social
interests, as well as their
busy schedules.
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