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DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND

editor Janet Aviad
DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND TO DIASPORA JEWISH EDUCATION U. O. Schmelz Introduction Demographic processes determine the size of the Jewish school age population, the number of children and youths to whom Jewish schooling addresses itself. Demographic information on the current and prospective size of the Jewish school age pop-ulation in any given country or locality is obviously necessary for knowing the number  of potential Jewish students for Jewish educational institutions. 1  The same information is also needed for computation of enrollment  rates in Jewish educational insti-tutions; these rates indicate the proportion of young Jews receiv-ing formal Jewish education. While the respective demographic data should thus be very basic requirements for administrators, planners, and researchers of Jewish education, in actual fact they are often lacking due to the great lacunae that exist in the documentation on Jewish Diaspora populations. The purpose of this short article is to describe to Jewish educa-tionists, in general terms, the determinants and main trends of the size of the Jewish school age populations in the Diaspora. 2 A prominent conclusion from these trends will be the remarkable 1 Some institutions of Jewish education,  particularly in Latin America, also enroll non- Jewish students. 2 See also U. O. Schmelz and Sergio  DellaPergola,  Demography and Jewish Education — the Project for Jewish Educational Statistics,  Yahadut Zemanenu ( Contemporary Jewry), vol. II ( Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1985). 137 Chapter Home  | TOC t t

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DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND TO DIASPORA JEWISH EDUCATION U. O. Schmelz Introduction Demographic processes determine the size of the Jewish school age population, the number of children and youths to whom Jewish schooling addresses itself. Demographic information on the current and prospective size of the Jewish school age pop-ulation in any given country or locality is obviously necessary for knowing the number of potential Jewish students for Jewish educational institutions. 1 The same information is also needed for computation of enrollment rates in Jewish educational insti-tutions; these rates indicate the proportion of young Jews receiv-ing formal Jewish education. While the respective demographic data should thus be very basic requirements for administrators, planners, and researchers of Jewish education, in actual fact they are often lacking due to the great lacunae that exist in the documentation on Jewish Diaspora populations. The purpose of this short article is to describe to Jewish educa-tionists, in general terms, the determinants and main trends of the size of the Jewish school age populations in the Diaspora. 2 A prominent conclusion from these trends will be the remarkable 1 Some institutions of Jewish education, particularly in Latin America, also enroll non- Jewish students. 2 See also U. O. Schmelz and Sergio DellaPergola, \\" Demography and Jewish Education — the Project for Jewish Educational Statistics, \\" Yahadut Zemanenu ( Contemporary Jewry), vol. II ( Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1985). 137 << Chapter >> Home | TOC t t
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