N. C. J. E. Convention Reports Rise in Enrollment in Jewish Schools

The enrollment of children in Jewish religious schools has increased significantly over the past ten years, it was reported here this weekend at the 30th annual convention of the National Council for Jewish Education.

The proportion of the total Jewish child population enrolled in schools has risen from 34 percent ten years ago to 52 percent now, Prof. Morris Leibman of Los Angeles reported. Of the 420,000 enrolled in Jewish schools of all types, the report said, the Sunday school has the largest enrollment–201,000. The afternoon schools have a total registration of 165,000 the day schools, 35,000 and the Yiddish schools, 10,000.

Dr. Emanuel Gamoran, director of education of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, disclosed that week-day instruction is being introduced on an increasingly wider basis into the Sunday school system. Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky, director of Torah Umesorah, reported that 25 new day schools are being added each year, with the total now at 250–a 100 percent increase in the last decade. It was indicated that the greatest growth in Jewish schools was among those under congregational auspices with the communal schools giving way to be synagogue school.

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