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Educator Finds Study of Israel As Regular Subject Lacking in U.S. Jewish Schools

A Yeshiva University associate professor of education says that while the Six-Day War had a definite impact on attitudes of teachers and pupils in United States Jewish schools toward Israel, those attitudes have not been reflected in the role that Israel should play in the schools’ curricula.

Dr. Alvin I. Schiff, chairman of the department of religious education of Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, based his conclusions on a six-month study of 700 Jewish schools representing 276,000 pupils – over half of the total Jewish school enrollment in the United States.

“Almost all schools integrate the study of Israel with other subjects, but the Jewish State is taught as a regular subject in only 20 percent of the classes involved in the study. This means about 43,000 children received formal instruction about Israel during the 1967-1968 school year.” Dr. Schiff said.