The Study of Jewish Education in the United States

By Albert P. Schoolman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1960

A survey was conducted in the late 1950s that revealed that American Jewish education was "a river that is a mile wide and an inch deep." The survey revealed that a very high percentage (80%) of Jewish children come into contact with a highly organized Jewish education system, though each school, usually with less than 150 pupils, functions independently from any other. This mile wide river consists of a curriculum mostly focused on Hebrew skills administered by non-professional (albeit passionate) teachers. In order to deepen the river of Jewish education, the author argues that Jewish social workers should help make Jewish education an inter-denominational, inter-organizational standardized focus of the community and advocates for the hiring of full-time professional teachers who will implement a substantive curriculum for more than the inadequate few hours per week.

Topic: Organizational Development, Schools, Education, Survey

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 1

Page Number(s): 35-43

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Schoolman, Albert P. The Study of Jewish Education in the United States. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1960: 35-43.


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