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A Census of Jewish Supplementary Schools in the United States: 2006-2007

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): AviChai Foundation

Author(s): Jack Wertheimer

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Schools)

Keywords: Enrollment; Jewish Education; Part-time (supplementary) schools; Religious Denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The author presents data on supplementary schools for Jewish education including religious schools, Hebrew schools, and congregational schools. Findings include: supplementary schools enroll the majority of students receiving a Jewish education; students are clustered in the grades leading up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah; enrollment differs greatly depending on denominational affiliation of the school; overall, enrollment is small; a large number of schools have altered their hours of instruction in recent years; the numbers of class meeting hours vary greatly by grade level; and, slightly more than half the schools offer Shabbat programming.