National Council of Jewish Women Discusses Israel Education Problems

Problems of Jewish education in Israel were discussed here today at the opening session of a meeting of the board of directors of the National Council of Jewish Women at which plans were mapped for the launching of a nationwide campaign to build a campus for the Model High School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mrs. Avraham Harman, Israel’s new first lady in the United States, told the meeting that training of teachers is a “vitally important” need of Israel. She hailed the. Council’s “support and assistance in strengthening the teacher potential” as a “major contribution to the stability, growth and development of the country.” This was a reference to the NCJW’s support of the John Dewey School of Education of Hebrew University, to which it has contributed over $500, 000 since 1948.

Mrs. Harman told the audience of 300 at the gala dinner that the problem of education in Israel is “extremely complex” because of “the heterogeneity of the student body, the lack of tradition, the need to introduce an awareness and readiness in relation to security problems, and to give every child a sense of responsibility for the integration of new immigrants. Real understanding,” she said, “is often achieved through special projects whereby high school students adopt certain villages, and provide Hebrew instructors and youth leaders.”

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