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Education is the heavy equipment

The horrific slaughter last week of innocents outside Buffalo was the latest publicized violent manifestation of hatred and contempt for others. It enraged and saddened us. But alas, it surprised us little. Indeed, who knows how many “lesser” incidents of

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‘The essential connective thread’

With Pesach, the overcast skies and the cool, damp temperatures of early Spring behind us, we are inclined to broad smiles and happy sighs by the blue skies and warmer temperatures of deep, mid-Spring. The looming summer means we are

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We have not yet lost our hope

This week we completed the remembrance and commemoration of a quartet of Springtime dates that are vital in fashioning our framework of values as individuals as a people: Pesach, Yom Hashoah v’Hagvurah, Yom Hazicaron and Yom Ha’atzma’ut. Indeed, they comprise

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Seeking more choice in schooling

Alberta provides funding to its independent schools. It recognizes the importance to its residents and the benefit to its society in doing so. Nevertheless the discussion is still engaged there about how to refine and whether to expand such funding.

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An anniversary of note

It is an anniversary worth noting.  At least we believe so. Some seven years ago, Grassroots for Affordable Jewish Education (GAJE) was formed. On April 24, 2015, GAJE published its Mission Statement, the core statement of which is “to make

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Remembering. Retelling. Rejoicing.

The holiday of Pesach begins tonight. Six years ago we wrote in this space that Pesach is the only holy day on our religious calendar whose core commandment is the coming together of family and friends and invited guests for

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Public school choice is best

Opponents of the idea that Queen’s Park underwrite part or all of the cost of independent schools maintain that such a policy would undermine the public school system. They make this charge despite ongoing, documented evidence to the contrary from

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Syd Eisen, the “Father of CHAT”

(Dedicated to the memory of Syd Eisen, of blessed memory) It is very sad and very humbling that for the second week in a row, we dedicate this update to the memory of an individua, whose chief concern, as we

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(Dedicated to the memory of Julia Koschitzky, of blessed memory) The debt that can only be repaid by emulation

It is likely that every Jewish community on earth, directly or indirectly, was the beneficiary of the vast goodness of the late Julia Koschitzky’s heart, of her irrepressible will and of her unequaled ability to help others. Such was her

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The cause of affordability is foundational in other places too

The creative, generously philanthropic initiative some four years ago that drastically reduced annual tuition at CHAT proved empirically that enrollment is directly related to tuition. That program became the vanguard for other affordability initiatives by UJA Federation and participating day

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