The thirteenth anniversary of the Jewish Education Association was observed by almost 1,000 persons last night at a Bar Mitzvah dinner in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel H. Hofstadter, declaring that the Jewish Education Association is dedicated “to the high resolve that the House of Israel in America shall be hallowed with the spirit of our fathers,” paid tribute in an address to “contemporary Maccabees not of the Jewish faith.”
Mrs. Gabriel Hamburger, who spoke of the work of Ivriah, the women’s division of the association, said:
“We think of Jewish education not only in terms of the school, but also in terms of the home. The most important teacher of our children is the mother.”
MANY AIDED BY JEA
“Judaism is not an abstraction,” said Judge Hofstadter. “It is a way of life reaching back to a great and historic past and leading forward and upward to our appointed destiny of contributing to the civilization of the world the indispensable category of holiness in human life.
“And the chart for this way of lifeâ€”the only path by which it may be trodâ€”is Jewish education.”
A report headed “The Concrete Work of the Jewish Education Association” was submitted to each guest. It pointed out that the JEA scholarship fund has paid tuition fees for thousands of poor children in the Jewish religious schools.
The JEA has introduced higher standards of safety, sanitation and administration in these schools, the report said, in many cases through loans and outright grants. The department of statistics and information has proved extremely useful, the paper added.