Graduations and other happy end-of-school-year moments

Final exams, graduation ceremonies, valedictory addresses, end-of-year processions, early dismissals, extended recess and playground periods, broad smiles and long sighs are much in the air these days. It is sweet, energizing time of year for most of our children. The school year 2021-2022 is drawing to a close.

Our children are to be commended and congratulated at whatever stage they are in their school careers and to whichever grade or stage of life they are advancing. Indeed, they should be celebrated.

Teachers, school administrators, volunteers, community professionals and philanthropists are to be thanked individually and collectively for enabling our children to learn and to grow within their abilities. They build, strengthen and maintain the ramparts of Jewish education on which our children – their students – climb toward their aspirations.

Parents and “participating” grandparents are to be heralded and thanked for the example and substance of their commitment to the future of their children and thus too, to that of the community. They are the day-to-day, living, giving, embracing embodiment of the hopeful notion of Jewish continuity.

Before planning for the next school year begins in full, complete earnest, our hope for everyone involved in Jewish education is that they enjoy a well-deserved, happy, healthy, restorative summertime break. It is a perfect time to reflect upon and savor this year’s graduations and other happy, end-of-school-year moments.

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As readers know, it is GAJE’s mission to help make Jewish education affordable to all families of the Jewish community in Ontario who wish it for their children. To that end, GAJE has launched an application in court to remedy the government’s unfair, unjust educational funding.

If you wish to contribute to funding GAJE’s lawsuit, please click here.

For further information, please contact Israel Mida at: imida1818@gmail.com

Charitable receipts for donations for income tax purposes will be issued by Mizrachi Canada. Your donations will be used for the sole purpose of underwriting the costs of the lawsuit.

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Shabbat shalom

Grassroots for Affordable Jewish Education (GAJE),

June 24, 2022

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