New York Jewish Education Committee Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Jewish community must build a reservoir of educated adolescents to furnish Jewish intellectuals and leaders for the next generation, Dr. Azriel Eisenberg, executive vice-president of the Jewish Education Committee of New York, declared here today. He spoke at a dinner marking the 25th anniversary of the JEC, which serves more than 700 Jewish schools in the Greater New York area.

“We need the earnest support of the synagogue, the community, the school and the home,” he told the 400 Jewish communal leaders and educators at the event. He called the JEC “living proof of a living community” and urged a firm stand against attrition, assimilation, intermarriage and indifference.

In the JEC’s 25 years, he said, pupil enrollment in New York Jewish schools had doubled, from 72, 492 to 155, 517, schools had increased from 576 to 719, parents associations had risen from 40 to 400, school standards had been raised by creation of school accreditation programs, teacher welfare programs had been expanded and the Hebrew teaching profession elevated, modern Hebrew has been fostered in public high schools and colleges and a burgeoning publications program had been developed. Maurice Samuet, noted author and lecturer, was the principal speaker at the dinner.

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