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Jewish Education Association Proclaims “education Year”; Gets Truman’s Support

Strong support for the nationwide campaign in observance of Jewish Education Year, proclaimed in 1950 by the American Association for Jewish Education, was voiced by President Truman in a message to Michael A. Stavitsky, president of the Association, released today.

Pointing out that “under our American democratic system, the cultural and religious groups in our nation bear a grave responsibility for the education of our children,” President Truman warmly welcomed “the nationwide campaign to develop increased understanding of, support and enrollment in Jewish education among the Jewish communities of the United States.”

In response to the Association’s proclamation, Jewish Education Year is being observed by Jewish communities throughout the United States and Canada with special public functions. As part of the observance, particular emphasis will be placed this year on the annual nationwide campaign to enroll Jewish children in the schools conducted by congregations, communal agencies and other Jewish organizations and institutions, Mr. Stavitsky stated.

The enrollment campaign will be conducted during a special five-week period, from September 5 to October 13, 1950, designated as Jewish Education Month and Week. More than 20 major national organizations, in special messages over the signatures of their leaders, have endorsed the Jewish Education Year campaign to focus increased community attention on Jewish education.

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