Money Matters

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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It Costs Too Much to Convert

November 15, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
There has been much written – including a cover story in this newspaper (Canadian Jewish News) two weeks ago – regarding the placing of hidden cameras in the Washington mikva, and I have little to add to this tragic story. However, there is one aspect of the fallout that I would like to address. In light of this scandal, there has been much discussion on how conversions can be made more user-friendly. It is specifically...
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Fiscal Responsibility

April 18, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
What is it about leaders that so many of them seem to be embroiled in ethical controversy? We in Ontario have a gas-plant scandal that won’t go away, as new revelations come forward. Even sadder than the original waste of more than $1 billion of public money – and Jewish tradition teaches that it’s next to impossible to properly atone for stealing from the public – are the repeated attempts at covering it up. Sadder still...
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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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