Birthright Education

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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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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