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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-05

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Israel on free trips) as ways to
strengthen Jewish identity. Posen
said he agrees with that sentiment.
But while the number of Jewish
day schools has skyrocketed in past
decades to some 700, and enroll-
ment is rising, most Jews remain
"Jewishly impoverished" and the
total U.S. Jewish population contin-
ues to dwindle, Posen said.
"Something isn't working," he
said.
Posen hopes his donation could be
used to teach Jewish culture —
whether it's modern literature, histo-
ry or even Jewish holiday customs
— from a non-religious perspective
in Jewish schools, after-school pro-
grams and Hillels.
Non-
denomina-
tional Jewish
day schools
that serve all
the major
Jewish
denomina-
tions could
incorporate
cultural
studies or
teach them
alongside
Felix Posen
religious
classes, just
as 50 of Israel's 2,000 schools now
do, he said.

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