Nine Jewish parochial schools, known as Yeshivahs, recently organized into a United Yeshivah Chest, have an annual budget of approximately $1,000,000 expended for the maintenance of the English and Hebrew departments of the schools which have an enrollment of 5,000 pupils in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn, it was revealed by William Weintraub, chairman of the United Yeshivah Chest Council. Judge Max S. Levine, of the Court of General Sessions, is president of the Chest.
The figures contained in the statement and compiled on the basis of a survey made for the United Yeshivah Chest shows that the nine schools have a general deficit of $500,000 due to the fact that many of the parents are unable to pay tuition fees, in full or in part. The average cost of tuition per child in these parochial schools amounts to $250 per annum, a nearly 100% increase in cost as compared with the cost of public instruction in the public schools and high schools of the New York City government. The mounting expense is due to the circumstance, Mr. Weintraub explained, that the Jewish parochial schools have to maintain two separate staffs of teachers, for their English and Hebrew departments. In the Hebrew departments of these schools, a thorough instruction in the Bible, Talmud, Jewish History and Literature is provided.