New York (May. 9)
Notwithstanding the extraordinary difficulties that Jewish religious schools are facing at the present time, they are holding their own, it is brought out in the reports submitted to the annual meeting of the Jewish Educational Association opened here this afternoon (as briefly reported by cable in the J.T.A. Bulletin of the 11th. inst.).
Mr. Israel Unterberg, President of the Association, said in his opening address: “The Jewish Education Association has not retreated. We have continued our major services for the strengthening of Jewish education in our community as in the past. We are continuing our work of educating and stimulating the parents through special literature, the press, the platform and in other ways. We have continued to receive magnificent co-operation from Ivriah, our Women’s Division. We have continued to grant subsidies to Jewish religious schools to enable them to instruct the increasing number of children whose parents have been unable to pay tuition fees. Our teachers’ Licensing service has continued to function, as well as our General Information and Statistics Department and Mortgage Service”.
Mr. Bernard Semel, the Honorary Secretary of the Association, reported in detail on the system of licensing Hebrew teachers which has been sponsored by the Association, and on the work of educating parents to the need of religious training for their children.
The unusual times, he said, have brought many parents to realise this need who have never done so in time of prosperity.