American Jews Urged to Establish Boards for Adult Jewish Education

Congregations throughout America were urged today to establish and support boards of Jewish education for adults to parallel existing boards of Jewish education for young people by Dr. Rabbi Israel M. Goldmann, director of the National Academy for Adult Jewish Education, and chairman of the two-day national conference on Adult Jewish Education which was concluded tonight at the Jewish Theological Seminary here.

Dr. Goldman called upon 300 rabbis, educators and lay delegates who assembled from all parts of the country “to set aside fixed periods of time for the purpose of pursuing programs of Jewish study.”

Dr. Martin Buber, internationally-known philosopher, scholar, author and pioneer in adult Jewish education, who is in America as visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, told the delegates: “When a particular historical situation demands a particular type of man, it is the task of adult education to create that man. This has been the problem in Israel, where certain historical necessities have made demands for a certain kind of citizen. I believe that this is also the case in America.”

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