Birthright Education

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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The Four Questions of Jewish Education

April 13, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
I write these words just days before Pesach, the holiday that, more than any other, focuses on children. We are mandated to ensure that every child—the wise and the wicked, the simple and the ignoramus—be given an education, each according to his or her needs and abilities. The authors of the Hagaddah understood that it is the asking of questions that is the springboard to learning and commitment. Readers of this column know that...
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Pushing the Door on Tuition Wide Open

December 15, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Between the time of my writing my last article on making Jewish high school free and its appearance in the paper, I was thrilled to see the announcement that Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA), UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Avi Chai Foundation have joined together to cap tuition at 15 per cent of gross income for parents with three or more children in the school who are earning between $200,000 and $300,000. This is a great start, but it...
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Let's Make Jewish High School Free

November 27, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The recently released Pew report on American Jewry has generated anguished discussion on the future of American Jewry. Some of its key findings include an intermarriage rate of 58%, a percentage that rises to 71% if the Orthodox are excluded (in 1970, it was 17%); two-thirds of Jews do not belong to a synagogue; and one-third had a Christmas tree last year. Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, simply...
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Day School Tuition Is In the News, with the Canadian Jewish News Reporting on Two Recent Initiatives

March 01, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Once again, the issue of day school tuition is in the news. The Leo Baeck Day School (North Campus) has announced plans for grants up to $5,000 per child, if the family commits to at least three years there. Most appropriately, they have defined "middle class" for someone with three children at $350,000--fully cognizant of the fact that one must be very rich to afford a day school education. When one considers that Statistics Canada...
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