For an Integrated Community School System

By Joseph Diamond

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1963

The author examines the problems inherent in the laudable concept of the Jewish community school: namely, the critical differences in basic values, goals and beliefs between religious education as undertaken by the different denominations, and the undesirability of creating a single school system that excises all ideological values, commitments and beliefs in favor of a watered-down neutrality. Rather, the author advocates the creation of an integrated system of community schools, in which funding is shared, non-ideological policies and administrative function are shared, and a common destiny and purpose are shared, while individual schools take autonomous charge of ideological commitment. Such a system would foster unity through shared purpose, the author explains, while building a strong pluralism within a community of diversely committed Jews.

Topic: Day Schools, Pluralism, Education, Unity, Religious Denominations, Diversity, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 3

Page Number(s): 313-319

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Diamond, Joseph. For an Integrated Community School System. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1963: 313-319.


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