Strong day schools, strong communities

From time to time, GAJE points out that communities across North America are mobilizing to strengthen the Jewish educational and day school system. We do so again with this update.

Paul Bernstein, the founding CEO of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, published an article on the eJewishPhilanthropy site entitled, Unlocking the Potential of Jewish Day Schools.

Bernstein restates the proposition that is at the heart of the campaign to make Jewish education affordable. “Strong Jewish day schools create strong Jewish communities.”

He then logically asks the vital question: “How can we unlock the potential of the inherent link between communities and Jewish day schools to secure a strong Jewish future?”

The article introduces a five-year strategic plan by Prizmah entitled B’Yachad/Together: Towards a Vibrant Future for Jewish Day Schools.

Bernstein points out that the “blueprint is built from an understanding of that deep and powerful school-community connection – the stronger our schools are, the stronger our communities, and vice-versa. Today’s Jewish day school students, and those who follow in their footsteps, are precious resources.”

The lay and professional leaders of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education (in the GTA) are fully engaged in the effort to strengthen our educational system by making it affordable to all families that seek it for their children and then by making the system permanently sustainable.

We will all have a role to play in this. When the wide Jewish community is asked to participate in and assist in the essential task of ensuring the Jewish future, we hope members of the community will respond wholeheartedly and purposefully by plunging, so to speak, into the deep end of “rescue” rather than by merely dipping our toes tentatively along the stony, shallow shoreline of indifference.•••

Shabbat Shalom.


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