NEW YORK (Dec. 10)
The American Association for Jewish Education, in a move designed to increase the scope of its activities in communities throughout the country, has announced the creation of a Fund for Jewish Education in America. Under the chairmanship of Robert H. Arnow, president of the AAJE, the Fund will have as its objective the task of mobilizing additional financial resources to support the projects, programs and services of the AAJE to meet the ever-increasing educational needs of the American Jewish community.
The Fund will be officially launched at a National Leadership Dinner and Conference next March. In announcing the establishment of the Fund, Arnow stated: “We are now in the process of forming a ‘National Committee of 100,’ which will represent the most concerned and involved leaders in this area on the national Jewish scene. The scope of Jewish education has broadened so dramatically and the threat of alternation has increased to such an extent that the need for more innovative programs and courses to make Jewish life more meaningful has become an absolute necessity.”
This is especially true on the high school and college levels, Arnow noted, “where disaffection has taken place and graduates are less than positive in their sentiments about their roles as Jews in contemporary America.” The AAJE is attempting to meet this challenge by “contemporizing Jewish studies through curriculum research, pedagogic innovation, training of teachers and other school personnel, better programming and standardized tests,” Arnow declared, adding: “With the additional Fund resources, we will be able to close the gap between requirement and performance, thus ensuring the continued growth and progress of Jewish education in America.” Arnow is also the president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.