Jewish Educators Open 30th Annual Convention Today in Atlantic City

The 30th annual convention of the National Council for Jewish Education, comprising the leading educators of all trends and ideologies in Jewish life, will open here tomorrow to discuss major problems affecting Jewish education in this country and to decide on a program for future activities.

Dr. David Rudavsky, president of the organization, said here today that the major issue lacing the convention is the uniting of all Jewish educational-professional groups, into a more cohesive and effective organization, that will embrace all educators, rabbis, and laymen who are concerned with the problems of Jewish education. Shortage in personnel, educational research and publications, pension and other professional problems will also come before the convention.

The program and effectiveness of the Jewish all day school, the afternoon Hebrew school, the Sunday school and the Yiddish school will be evaluated during the convention. Commissions of Jewish educators specializing in the various types of Jewish schools will present reports and findings to the delegates. The place of arts and audio-visual in Jewish education will also be discussed. The librarians of Jewish institutions will consider ways and means of expanding and improving libraries of Jewish organizations and institutions.

The question of religion in public education, which is now a burning issue, will be discussed by Harry Starr, president of Littauer Foundation, Prof. Horace M. Kallen of the New School for Social Research, and Jules Cohen, executive director of the National Community Relations Advisory Council. This session will be held in cooperation with the American Association for Jewish Education which opens its own convention here on May 26.

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