Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives: Dr. Aharon Kessler Papers and Photographs


Throughout the spring and summer of 1950, the United Jewish Fund of Pittsburgh undertook a comprehensive review of Jewish education in the city. The Self-Study on Jewish Education surveyed a diverse, decentralized landscape including congregational  religious schools, two fledgling parochial day schools, an intensive afterschool program run by the Hebrew Institute, and a broad  regional educational program known as the Southwestern District of Pennsylvania Jewish Religious Schools. The Self-Study also investigated teacher training and curriculum development, and it sought to understand the attitude of parents and students. The ultimate goal was to answer a deceptively simple question: "Who is responsible for what kind of Jewish Education in Pittsburgh?”

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