154.000 Pupils Expected to Enroll in Jewish Schools in New York

Jewish schools in New York city area will enroll about 154,000 children in the 1959-60 school year beginning this month, it was estimated here today by Nathan A. Levine, president of the Jewish Education Committee of New York.

Mr. Levine based this figure on the record total of 150,316 pupils who attended Jewish schools of all types during the school year 1958-59, as reported by the annual census of Jewish schools conducted by the Committee. A national census has established that more than 553,000 attended Jewish schools throughout the country.

The Jewish schools covered by the census include one – day-a-week schools, afternoon elementary schools, all-day elementary schools, afternoon Hebrew high schools, all-day Hebrew high schools, and Yiddish-speaking schools, On the elementary school level, 132,686 or 37 percent of a total Jewish child population of 358,261 were enrolled in Jewish schools in New York.

“We find especially impressive the large gap between New York and the rest of the country in terms of intensifying Jewish education, ” Mr. Levine stated.”In New York, about 25 percent of all Jewish-school students are enrolled in all-day religious schools: in the rest of the country, that figure drops to about 3 percent. In New York, only about one-fifth of Jewish school enrollment is in one-day-a-week schools; outside of New York, the proportion is about 50 percent.”

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