Menu JTA Search

Jewish Religious Schools in America Maintaining Their Position Notwithstanding Depression Says Repor

The Jewish religious schools in America are maintaining their position, notwithstanding the depression, the report submitted to the annual meeting of the Jewish Education Association opened here to-day, states.

One of the most tragic aspects of the business depression was its effect on some Jewish educational agencies, the American Jewish Year Book for 1932 states. A report submitted to the National Committee for Jewish Education indicated that the Hebrew schools in 13 of the largest cities had suffered a considerable fall in income, necessitating in many cases reduction of teaching staffs and consolidation of classes. Mr. Bernard Semel, Honorary Secretary of the Jewish Education Association in New York, published a statement that in 282 Talmud Torahs and Jewish week-day religious schools with an aggregate registration of 49,000 pupils, the number of children on the free list had increased by 2,500. At the dinner celebrating the ninth anniversary of the Association Mr. Israel Unterberg, the President, reported that in spite of the depression, the attendance at Jewish religious schools in New York City had remained the same, namely 71,462 besides some 30,000 receiving private instruction.