Thoughts on Day School Affordability

Disentangling Day School Affordability and Sustainability

Day school is the gold standard in Jewish education. Across multiple rubrics of measurement, in comparison to their peers day school graduates have broader and deeper Jewish knowledge bases and stronger Jewish identities.  Beyond the impact on the individual, a recent study demonstrates tha…

Giving with the hand, heart and mind

Over the last few weeks, three tzedakah moments have made me think about three tzedakah habits.

The first moment took place in December when our daughter, along with 250,000 PJ Library subscribers across North America, received a little blue tin tzedakah box.  While at first she insisted…

Balancing Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability

A year ago, concurrent to my starting work at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, I published a ‘greenbook’ on Jewish day school financial sustainability and affordability for the Jewish Funders Network and the AVI CHAI Foundation.  On several o…

Amortizing Tuition

Last month our washing machine broke.  It was the original machine in the house, built in 1968.  I thought the repair man was going to cry when he couldn’t fix it.  “They just don’t build them like they used to,” he lamented.

The next day we went off to shop for a new machine.…

What’s the most powerful Jewish Education?

As parents make choices about their children’s education, I’m often asked what is the most powerful setting of Jewish learning. Weighing day schools and day cares, supplementary schools and Israel experiences, youth movements, camps, the March of the Living, Birthright Israel, Diller, sy…