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Jewish Education Conference Requests Effective Community Aid

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The financial needs of Jewish educational institutions and organizations have not been met in proportion to the tasks imposed upon them, and Jewish communal fund-raising agencies throughout the country must give these institutions more adequate and effective support, it was declared in a resolution adopted unanimously today by more than 1,000 delegates representing schools, communities, synagogues, and national Jewish organizations at the Second National Conference on Jewish Education.

The delegates, in other resolutions, called upon organized Jewish communities throughout the country to establish centers for experimentation in order to improve the quality of Jewish education. They urged that the National Advisory Council of the American Association for Jewish Education establish a special group composed of representatives from all ideological and religious groupings to work specifically on improving the quality of Jewish education.

Stressing the importance of participation of parents in the educational process, the delegates called upon the American Association for Jewish Education to form a national association of all Jewish school parent-teacher groups, with competent professional direction. They also urged the organization of a national council on adult Jewish education to stimulate, organize and develop programs and materials throughout the country.

At the opening session of the Conference last night, Harry Starr, president of the American Association for Jewish Education, declared: “Jewish education has served as the bulwark of Jewish survival through the ages and in our time it must provide the rationale for meaningful survival in a democratic world. To make possible a future Jewish society worthy of the Jewish past, there is need for distinct and substantial improvement in the quality of education given in all types of Jewish schools.” Other speakers included Prof. Salo Baron, Prof. Horace M. Kallen, Dr. Israel Chipkin, Dr. Oscar Janowsky, Samuel Niger and others.

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