Jewish faith and the Jewish way of life, are too poor to pay even the small tuition fees these schools require. Local school boards are faced with burdens that they are too weak to carry. Many of the teachers have not been paid their pittance salaries for months, but continue their work with heroic fortitude. Can the community afford to be indifferent to these conditions?
DUTY TO CHILDREN
“The emergencies that have come down upon us have brought into existence various organizations and agencies, philanthropic and political, that are striving to cope with them. In their separate spheres they are rendering service to the Jewish cause, and they deserve our encouragement and support. In the sphere of Jewish education, the Jewish Education Association stands unique. It seeks to embrace all Jewish groups and shades of opinion. It offers its aid and services to every type of Jewish religious school. It speaks to Jewish leaders, Jewish parents, Jewish teachers. It calls upon us to keep erect the only bulwark of Jewish life. Amid the tribulations of the present, it points to the past and it points to the future.
“There are today numerous Jewish parents whose fathers neglected to give them a Jewish education. We cannot give to others what we lack ourselves. These parents represent a lost Jewish generation. Shall we depend on others to rouse these parents to a sense of their own Jewishness and to an understanding of the duty they owe their children? It is true that many of them are being so aroused. But external forces should not be the monitor of our conscience. The Jewish Education Association strives to be this monitor for the greatness and glory of the Jewish faith, and the integrity of the Jewish way of life.”