Birthright Education

The Tuition Crisis: Let's Work Together

July 09, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
On Tuesday, June 20, the Toronto Jewish community joined together in a wonderful display of Jewish unity. Nine Jewish schools, each with its own ideological bent, “Rose Up” together in a one-day drive to try and raise one million dollars for Jewish education. Each school set its own goal and donors could choose the school to which to dedicate their money. With all donations going through one centralized website, the subsequent...
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Time To Act: Birthright Education

June 04, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
First it was Leo Baeck, then it was TanenbaumCHAT and now it is Associated Hebrew Schools. Three Jewish day schools with a combined enrollment of over 3,000 students have, within the last six months, announced plans to close one of their branches. This may be shocking, but it is not at all surprising. Like the financial crisis of 2008, the signs of collapse were manifest for years, but were missed – or should we say ignored – until...
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Thank You for this Gift

April 09, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Thank you! The Toronto Jewish community owes a tremendous collective thank you to the Jesin-Neuberger family for their ten million dollar gift, and to an anonymous donor for their gift of five million dollars. Fourteen million of these dollars will go to reducing tuition at TanenbaumCHAT by over 1/3 for the next five years, making it the largest single gift dedicated to tuition reduction ever made to Jewish education in Canada. This gift opens...
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Talking to Parents

December 18, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the aspects of teaching I enjoy greatly is parent-teacher meetings. Beyond friendly chatter the meetings afford, it is important for us to meet those who raise our students and are ultimately responsible for their education. We teachers are agents of and partners with the parents in the holy task of educating precious children. “’Vshinantem lebanecha, and you shall teach your children’ – these are your...
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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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