NEW YORK (Dec. 1)
A “frightening shortage” of teachers in Jewish religious schools in the Greater New York area was reported last night at the first annual conference of School Board Chairmen of Jewish Schools.
Dr. Azriel Eisenberg, executive vice-president of the Jewish Education Committee, reporting that finding to representatives of more than 100 Jewish schools, said that “this does not bode well for the growing Jewish generation.”
He reported that the 150,000 children now attending religious schools marked an increase of 140 percent in such attendance in the last 10 years. However, despite the “phenomenal” jump in registration, he said, only three to four percent of Jewish children of high school age were continuing their Jewish education. He proposed higher standards and greater responsibility for the welfare of Jewish schools among laymen.