If Jewish education collapses, so too ultimately will communal Jewish life.
Some weeks ago, CIJA engaged in a series of online community consultations seeking a consensus listing of the top advocacy priorities for CIJA. Apparently the individuals who responded to the survey did not rank affordable access to Jewish education as a top priority for the GTA.
Disappointed at the failure of affordable Jewish education to be listed as an important policy priority for the community, we join with other interested individuals in asking readers to let CIJA know that in our view the affordability crisis in Jewish education is the pre-eminent concern of modern Jewish life in the GTA.
We therefore ask GAJE members to go to http://www.cija.ca/grassroots/ to participate in the online survey:
1. Click the link “Vote for Your Top Priority in Canadian Jewish Advocacy.”
2. Vote for “Ensure access to Jewish education.”
3. Add a comment about how high tuition impacts you.
Please urge your friends to do the same.
We must convince the advocacy agencies of our community that making Jewish education affordable is the paramount issue demanding attention in the GTA. If Jewish education collapses due to declining enrolment, so too ultimately, will the essence of broad, diverse, engaging, effective communal Jewish life. Even though the online survey was conducted some weeks ago, we must raise our voices about the dire, urgent need to make Jewish education affordable in the GTA.