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June 15, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-06-15

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SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

JUNE 15, 1990 / 22 SIVAN 5750

Education Task Force
Backs Broad Changes

SUSAN GRANT and
KIMBERLY LIFTON

Staff Writers

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task force set up 2 1/2
years ago will ask the
Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration to hire a staff consul-
tant to map out and imple-
ment a revitalization pro-
gram for Detroit's formal
and informal Jewish educa-
tional programs.
Hiring a professional for
one year is part of the Jew-
ish Educatior ql Task Force's
broad set of recommenda-
tions to be proposed to the
Federation board of gover-
nors before the fall, Federa-
tion officials said.
A report has not yet been
drafted. But Federation ex-
ecutives this week outlined
the committee's blueprint
for providing educational
services on a broader com-
munal level.

Federation officials say
they hope to take a more ac-
tive role in Jewish education
by heightening interest
among community mem-
bers. In doing so, the com-
mittee is recommending
United Hebrew Schools'
afternoon and Sunday pro-
grams become decentralized,
possibly placing these UHS
programs under the auspices
of a new, still undefined en-
tity to be structured by the
consultant.

The Agency for Jewish
Education would continue to
operate the Community
Jewish High School, which
would incorporate joint pro-
grams with private Jewish
schools. Although the Agen-
cy for Jewish Education now
is charged with overseeing
educational programs
within the community, the
task force will not ask the
existing agency to develop

any new programs
"We want new blood. We
want a new perspective,"
Federation Executive Vice
President Robert Aronson
said. "The ,onsultant is not a
threat to the Agency for
Jewish Education's exis-
tence. The agency is a part-
ner in this."
Ofra Fisher, the agency's
executive director, said she
doesn't think the task force
recommendations will
replace the role carved out
by the Agency for Jewish
Education.
But if the new entity
"would bring more coopera-
tion (among educators), I
would support it," Fisher
said.
Rabbi Chuck Diamond,
who oversees Shaarey
Zedek's educational system,
said in the last year Shaarey
Zedek, Hillel Day School and
Continued on Page 22

1989-90 Enrollments

Akiva Hebrew Day School
Hillel Day School
Jewish Parents Institute
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Boys School
Beth Jacob School For Girls
Agency for Jewish Education
Adat Shalom UHS
Beth Achim UHS
B'nai Israel UHS
Shir Tikvah UHS
UHS special education
Community Jewish High School.
Yeshiva Gedola
Darchei Torah
Workman's Circle
Lubavitch Cheder
Adat Shalom Nosh n'Drosh
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses
Beth Shalom
B'nai Moshe nursery
Shaarey Zedek
Yavneh Academy
Shir Tikvah
Beth El
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Israel
Kol Ami
Temple Shir Shalom
Birmingham Temple

TOTALS = 7,747

nursery
49

5
109

K-8
205
533
126
209
218

9-12
29

2

88

45

548
139
67
83
24
39

19
65
35

34
30
100

70

149
159

30
205

352
12

130
215
275
40
8
10

486
348
940
230
305
89

1,310

5,425

142
52

54
23
4

69

15
86
33
253
110
52

1,012

The handful of
Jewish students at
Renaissance High
School must live wit
issues most teen-agers
only confront in th
classroom.

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