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Most of New York’s Jewish Children Receive No Jewish Education

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There are some 270,000 Jewish children attending the elementary and junior high schools of New York City, of whom some 16,000 attend all-day Jewish schools, it was reported today by the Jewish Education Committee of New York on the basis of tentative findings.

The survey also revealed that there are approximately 76,000 Jewish children attending some type of religious class, with 66,500 attending organized schools, 7,500 to 8,000 in released time classes and 2,000 receiving private instructions. Between 1935 and the current survey the percentage of Jewish children receiving a religious education rose from 21.2 to 28.

The method of obtaining the number of Jewish children attending public schools is called “The Yom Kippur Method” because it uses the absence figures on the Day of Atonement as the basis of computation. The survey is being carried out by the Jewish Education Committee with the support of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York City.

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