Jewish leaders see Jewish education to be the major tool for Jewish survival, since the Jewish family of the late 1960s does not transmit Jewish values as effectively as families of earlier generations. However, an American Jewish education must not only transmit membership in an "achieved Jewish community," but it must instill the ideals of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. A study conducted among students engaged in various forms of Jewish education showed that day school students were less aligned with these democratic values than their peers in public schools with supplementary Jewish education. The author suggests that the direction of Jewish education should be not be to focus on "traditional religious beliefs" but to reflect the interest of the learner by making Jewish values relevant in a democratic American context.
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Geller, Joshua S. Adolescent Ethic and Democratic Attitudes As Related to Attendance in Communal, Congregational, Day and Public Schools. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1969: