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Special Notice For UJF Readers Due to vacation schedules the UJF News will not be published July 18, 25 and Aug. 1. Publication will resume with the Aug. 8 issue. Copy earmarked for the Aug. 8 issue must be in the office by July 30. The special Rush Hashona issue will be published on Sept. 5 (Erev Rush Hashana is Sept. 10). Those interested in writing a special article, highlighting their club, organization or special individual are asked to contact the UJF editor by July 3. Deadline for copy for the special edition is Aug. 18. Preview of Jew BY BEN GALLOB (Copyright 1980, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.) A leading Jewish education administrator, taking "a look into the 80's," has predicted that Sunday school attendance would con- tinue to decline and that day school enroll- ment will reach a plateau or perhaps drop slightly "because of the inexorable rise in costs" and the virtual certainty of a con- tinuing drop in the Jewish birthrate. The peek into the future was made by Dr. George Pollak, director of the department of community servics, studies and statist- ical information for the Americn Association of Jewish Education (AAJE). His preview appeared in the winter, 1980 issue of"The Pedagogic Reporter." Holding that the declining Jewish popu- ish Education students" and the "superficiality of pro- grams designed to satisfy students on the level of the lowest common denominator." Pollak added that the enrollment in supplementary Jewish schools probably will not increase dramatically but that "the content of education" will be more "formally oriented." He held that "the impact of peripheral activities parading as Jewish education have not been evaluated, but it appears no great dent has been made on either ignorance and apathy" adding that there is bound to be a "strong reaction against wasting time in futile, marginal programming." Pollak also applied his yardstick for the future to "the potential for employment of Jewish educators" in the coming decade. He argued that there is no evidence of a lation trend would not change significantly, he declared that the best that could be hoped for, relative to continuation of Jewish children as Jewish school enrollment can- didates, was that"the present situation will not worsen" during the 1980's. Pollak reported that while the most re- cent Jewish school census noted "a promis- ing increase" in the primary age groups, all too often, "while nursery and kindergarten enrollments seem promising," with the start of the elementary grades, "a mlmber of potential students disappear into the non- Jewish private schools." He suggested that influx of Soviet Jewish newcomer children might alter a forecast of fiat or slightly decreased day school en- rollment "in the short run," but ultimately, the costs of day school education would "prove to be serious deterrent." He warned that "Federations may not be able to sustain a higher subsidy level" and that this would effectively slow "the forward move- ment of the day schools" and the day high "schools "will be equally affected." Asserting that for educational and other reasons day high school "is a necessary complement to primary education," PoUak indicated there are currently opposite pulls-- "turmoil in the public education sector" and the "even more burdensome costs in day high schools"--and they might not be resolved in favor of the day high schools which, he said, "presently attract" only about half "of all elementary graduates." He listed a variety of reasons for his expectation that the growth in supplemen- tary high schools would be uneven, including the inadequacy of elementary feeder schools, inability of such high schools to "magnetize reversal of the present pattern of"a declin- ing number of positions for full-time teachers under present conditions," a forecast he said might be true, but to a lesser degree, for Jewish school administrators. The AAJE expert predicted that the mood for innovation and experimental pro- grams in Jewish schools "may be tempered by a return to more traditional methods." He suggested schools will turn to teaching values and content, adding that it appeared that "formal knowledge will once more come into its own," contingent on "the availahility of staff to implement it." He suggested a change in approach, geared to the possibility that "though there may be fewer students," those who "will be exposed to Jewish education will get a more stringent diet," with less stress on quantity and more on quality. He said "the day schools have already opted for this alter- nate. Other sectors will, perforce, follow suit." He foresaw a trend toward merger of school physical plants "to conserve the resources that Jewish education will be able to muster." He also foresaw "a greater role for the central agencies for Jewish education and for community planners." Pollak also predicted that Israel would continue to be a focal point for American Jewish life and Jewish education, but that the Holocaust, "may perhaps not occupy as central a place in the curriculum as hereto- fore; the intensity of its presentation during the past few years will have run its course." He declared he expected an increase in the use of such technical aids-- in and out of school--as video and audio tapes; the bet- amax type of programs; and closed circuit Raoul Wallenberg A 'Righteous Gentile' BY NORMAN OLSHANSKY, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE (Continued on page 7) throughout the United States. Nathaniel " Letters Saperstein, president of the National ,  , , , r Council of Young Israel, said the new facility is expected to start service at the The News welcomes Letters to the Editor fall semester at the State University of New which must be signed, although names will York in Purchase. He said the new facility be withheld upon request. Letters reflect the was being planned to provide freshly pre- opinion of the writer only and not necessarily that of the UJF News and its staff. Jewish Family Service continues to maintain its state license as an adoption and foster care agency to insure that Jewish families who are unable to bear children may have them, and to insure that Jewish children without families may grow up in the warmth and nurturance of healthy Jewish family life. (Continued on page 7) He is credited with single-handedly saving some 100,000 European Jews from Nazi death camps during an extraordinary mission of mercy in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944. In March of 1944, the Germans began the deportation of Hungarian Jews to the Polish extermination camps. Raoul Wallenberg, the son of a distinguished Swedish Christian family, agreed to go to Budapest to organize a delicate and dangerous rescde mission. In order to insure diplomatic immunity while in Budapest, the Swedish government appointed him attache of the Swedish embassy. Wallenberg's activities were extensive, death-defying and forttnately, most successful. He and his collaborators succeeded in giving direct protection to approximately 20,000 Jews in Budapest by the use of special protective passports. When Russian troops entered Budapest in Janu Y of (Continued on page 7) To The Editor: I have just finished reading the article by Miss Ora Baer, concerning the plight of foster children, and, in particular, Jewish foster children. Her excellently written article emphasizes the concerns we at Jewish Family Service feel regarding these unfortunate children. We must, as a community, insure that every Jewish child has agood Jewish home. WASHINGTON (JTA)--The National Press Club's "package" agreement with the Arab League, which includes the Palestine Liberation Organization in its member- ship, was completed with an "Arab Night" extravaganza attended by some 400 per- sons. While the guest list was not available, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was in- formed by club staff members that about half the attendance was made up of mem- bers of the Arab embassies in Washington and Arab Americans. The JTA was told that Drev yon Bergen, the club's president, had the only list and "he's gone away for a few days." The Arab League's information officer, Morwan Kanafani, who identified himself as a Palestinian, told the JTA that "all the embassies" of the League's mem- ber states in Washington were represented, except Egypt. Among those from the Car- ter Administration present was Paul Cos- tello, assistant press secretary to Mrs. Rosalyn Carter. WASHINGTON (JTA)--Max Kampel- man, Washington Attorney, who was a poli- tical intimate of the late Vice President and Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, has been named by President Carter to be co-chair- man of the U.S. delegation to the review meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe--the Helsinki Commission--to be held in Madrid Nov- ember 11 after a preliminary session start- ing September 9. Kampelman, chairman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, continues to be a key advisor in Democratic Party strategy. Former At- torney General Griffin Bell, of Atlanta, will be chairman of the delegation. NEW YORK (JTA)--The Young Israel movement of Orthodox congregations an- nounced it has added another kosher dining facility to the total of 26 such Young IsraeN sponsored programs on college campuses (EEC) will lay down their precise attitude. toward the solution of the Arab-Israel} conflict. The move came in the aft srn the the talks between Genscher and the EgYP t- ian Vice President Hosni Mubarak, cur- rently Visiting Germany. Sources in Bonn said that Mubarak carried a personal rues: sage from President Anwar Sadat of EgYP  to Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, but theY 1 would not describe its content. I NEWARK (JTA)--A scuffle betwedn I Palestinian marchers and a group of Jewish war veterans erupted when the former ] grabbed Israeli and American flags, over" powering the blockade set up by state i police. The march, held in North Bergen ] because of its concentration of Palestiw ] ians, was to mark International Palestinian Day. Judge Geoffrey Gaulkin of New Jersey [ Superior Court ruled recently that North I Bergen officials had unlawfully denied the [ Palestinians a parade permit About 800 I Palestinians participated in the parade. | TEL AVIV (JTA)--Roman Polanski, the Polish-born Jewish film director and Hole" canst survivor, is on his first visit to Israelt0 inspect possible locations for his next fib "The Pirates." It will be produced by av Israeli businessman, Amen Milchan, who is Polanski's host and guide for his -day visit, and Sam Weinberg. The 47.year-old movie-maker was saved from the tolo" caust when his father had him smuggled out of the Cracow ghetto after the Nazi occupa: tion of Poland. He achieved internation fame for his film, "Knife in the Water, made in Poland, and for his American filS such " ' B " n "Chins as Rosemary s aby a d "  town. ' While in Israel, Polanski will atten,o, the screening of his latest film, "TesS, based on the Thomas Hardy novel "Tess of the D'Urbervilles." The proceeds will be donated to charity. pared kosher meals for all of the nearly I000 Jewish students at SUNY Purchase who will want "such meals. BONN (JTA)--The Foreign Ministry re- leased a statement reiterating West Ger- man backing for the right of the Palestin- ians to self-determination and sharply crit- icizing Israeli settlement policy in the West Bank. 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