If You Will It?: The Early History of Non-Orthodox Secondary Day Schools in Los Angeles

February 2020

Source: Journal of Jewish Education, 86:1, 42-64


The development of non-Orthodox Jewish day schools in Los Angeles in the 1970s to 1990s can be attributed to a combination of factors, including the city’s geography, the deterioration of public education, court-ordered busing that began in the 1970s, and strong rabbinic personalities. Yet, as elementary day schools proliferated throughout the city, educators struggled to keep secondary day schools afloat. Contributing factors to the challenges secondary schools faced included sprawling city geography, lack of communal support, and parental desire to send children to established high schools with proven track records for college preparation and admission.

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Updated: Mar. 04, 2020