Religious Education in South America Badly Neglected, Rabbi Levitsky Reports After Tour

Jewish religious education in South America has been badly neglected, according to a report made here today by Rabbi Louis Levitsky who has just returned from a tour of inquiry in seven Latin American countries on behalf of the Rabbinical Assembly of America.

Rabbi Levitsky, who is spiritual leader of Congregation Oheb Shalom in Newark, N.J., said that although two-thirds of the 550,000 Jews in South America live in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, there are no teacher-training schools in any of those cities. He said that “there are many fine Jewish secular schools” in the communities he visited, but there are practically no schools offering religious instruction.

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