February 4, 1999
Wanted: A Few Good Teachers
The BJE, synagogues and community leaders are creating ways to recruit and keep talented religious-school educators
This truism, of course, applies to schools of every sort. But religious schools, which typically offer their classes on weelend afternoons, following students' regular school day, face a particular dilemma: a shortage of trained, experienced and knowledgeable teachers of Judaica.
According to statistics from the Bureau of Jewish Education, 13,500 students attend some 64 religious schools in greater Los Angeles. More than 600 teachers are needed to educate them. Unfortunately, says Michael Raileanu, religious-school director at Sinai Temple, "getting the great teachers is harder than ever."