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Conference Champions Religious Instruction for Public School Students

September 5, 2008
The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, a pioneer in the operation of Released Time programs in the state of New York – in which public schoolchildren are granted an hour each week for religious education – hosted a two day conference for those on the front lines of ensuring the Jewish future of unaffiliated youth. Held at the Shaloh Center, a camp facility in the Catskill Mountains, the gathering of program administrators and more than 50 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students was described by one participant as “educating the educators.” The NCFJE was founded in 1940 by the Sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.
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Released time instructors review a chart of goals during the two-day conference, part of a multi-faceted initiative by the NCFJE to change the face of American Jewish youth. According to one statistic, more than 60 percent of Jewish children do not get any formal Jewish education; of the 100,000 Jewish children attending U.S. public schools, that figure is even greater.
Released time instructors review a chart of goals during the two-day conference, part of a multi-faceted initiative by the NCFJE to change the face of American Jewish youth. According to one statistic, more than 60 percent of Jewish children do not get any formal Jewish education; of the 100,000 Jewish children attending U.S. public schools, that figure is even greater.

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