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Shortage of Jewish Teachers Stressed at Two Educational Conventions

The critical shortage of teaching personnel in Jewish schools was stressed here today by Dr. David Rudavsky, president of the National Council for Jewish Education, at the annual convention of the organization. The same situation is “problem number one” on the agenda of the annual convention of the American Association for Jewish Education which is scheduled to take place here this week-end.

In a statement issued today by Philip Lown, president of the Association, it was emphasized that top priority will be given at the convention of his group to the question of the shortage of teachers for Jewish schools. “The American Jewish community,” he said, “must be alerted to the burning urgency of developing both a long range program and a series of stopgap measures for coping with a personnel crisis that seriously imperils the transmittal of our Jewish heritage to our children.”

The attempts to introduce religious training in public schools were severely criticized today by Dr. Rudavsky in his presidential address to the National Council for Jewish Education parley. The problem of “Religion and the Public School” also figures as a major topic on the agenda of the convention of the American Association for Jewish Education.

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