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The First Day of School - on Nehama's Birthday

September 06, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
For thousands of children, not to mention parents, the day after Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. The long lazy summer days of camp, vacation, and sleeping in abruptly come to an end as the new school year begins. Car pools, lunch, homework, tests and, most importantly, formal learning become the new norm. During my days as an accountant, the day after Labour Day meant little. No longer did I have the summer off,...
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The Syrian Refugees and The Giving Pledge

January 04, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
As Canada begins welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees, it behooves us to think of the flourishing Jewish community that once existed in Syria. The Jewish world owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Judy Feld Carr who, at great personal risk, rescued over 3,000 Syrian Jews. They were remnants of a once great and glorious community dating back thousands of years, most of whom had fled in the first half of the twentieth century.    Among...
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The Tuition Crisis: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

November 26, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  Most Canadians in turning 71 get a monetary windfall as they begin to cash in the savings that have accumulated in their RRSP. Having had this money accumulate tax-free for forty or fifty years, and despite knowing that at some point tax would have to paid, people are nonetheless dismayed and even surprised at their large tax bills - in most cases 50% of the RRSP monies received. No wonder an entire industry has developed on how to best...
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The 5% Tuition Solution

October 21, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  With the busy Yom Tov season, I would not be surprised if many missed what is potentially the most significant Jewish news story of the year. I am referring to the announcement that four Jewish day schools in New Jersey will be capping tuition fees at a maximum of 18% of income, regardless of the number of children in the family. This new grant money, which is in addition to any tuition breaks already in place for lower income...
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A Family Cap

July 02, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Summer is the time for vacation, especially for students who look forward to such activities as camp, sleep, travel, and plain old fun. School is the furthest thing from their minds. But their parents don’t enjoy a similar luxury. They’re the ones who must pay for these activities, and for those who have children in Jewish day schools, it’s the time tuition must be paid. Apparently, for those living in Toronto, such...
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