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Series VII. Education, 1894-1974

Scope and Content Notes:

Series VII consists of records regarding the overall goals of the Pittsburgh Section. When the NCJW was organized at the Columbian Exposition in 1893 four resolutions were passed which served as the basis of its constitution. These resolutions emphasized working in religion, education, and philanthropy, studying Judaism, improving Sabbath schools, and opposing religious persecution. Each local section was given considerable leeway in implementing these goals.

The Pittsburgh Section has worked, sometimes in cooperation with other groups, to encourage Jewish education. Shortly after its founding the Columbian Council organized study circles and the earliest standing committee, the Committee on Religion. The religious education of children, especially the children of immigrants, was the Council's earliest outreach project. In January of 1896 they started a religious school which became the nucleus of the Columbian School and Settlement, later renamed the Irene Kaufmann Settlement. The Settlement separated from the Council in 1900, but the religious school continued under the Council's direction. In 1927 the Sisterhood of Rodef Shalom joined the Pittsburgh Section to form the Southwestern District of Pennsylvania Jewish Religious Schools Committee. This relationship lasted until 1964. For more information on this subject see Mildred W. Kreimer's, "Southwestern District Religious Schools Celebrate Sixtieth Year," Jewish Criterion, September 11, 1953.

Subseries 1. Religious Education

Box 17
Folder 1-2 Historic correspondence on religious education, 1894-190(?)
Folder 3-14 Reports, by-laws, correspondence, members, and schools, Southwestern District of Pennsylvania Jewish Religious Schools Committee, 1927-1964
Folder 15-16 Religious study programs, 1920s-1958
Folder 17-19 Contemporary Jewish affairs, 1950-1974
Folder 20-22 Jewish education in Pittsburgh, 1946-1956

Subseries 2. English as a Second Language (ESL)

Box 17A
Folder 1 Course Material, 1980-1982
Folder 2 1989
Folder 3 Volunteer Registration, 1989-1991
Folder 4 Volunteer Tutor Training, 1991
Folder 5 Tutor lists
Folder 6 Tutor Packets
Folder 7 Grants, 1990
Folder 8 Partners in Conversation, 1990-1993
Folder 9 Public Relations, 1990-1994