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302,454 Pupils Attended Jewish Schools in U.S. This Spring

Enrollment in American Jewish schools during the school year 1950-51 reached its highest level attained since accurate nationwide reporting of Jewish school statistics was instituted in 1944, according to a report compiled by Dr. Uriah Z. Engelman, director of research of the American Association for Jewish Education, and released here today.

In the spring of 1951, 302, 454 students were attending classes in all Jewish schools–Sunday Schools, congregational and non-congregational schools, week-day afternoon schools, all-day schools and released-time classes. This figure marked an increase of 13.4 percent over the enrollment recorded during the school year 1949-50, or the greatest relative increase since the annual Jewish school census was introduced six years ago.

Increased enrollments were reported in practically every significant Jewish community during the past school year. Baltimore reported an increase of 17 percent; Essex County, N.J., 24 percent; Boston, 19.4 percent; Milwaukee, 20.8 percent; Philadelphia, 11.3 percent; Los Angeles, 11,1 percent and New York, 2.6 percent. More than half of the children enrolled in Jewish schools in 1950-51 attended Sunday Schools, as against 42.7 percent in week-day classes, with the Sunday School enrollment gain recorded at 21 percent as against a 6.5 percent for the week-day schools.

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