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Jewish schools shine brightly during darker Covid days

The Tishrei holy days have created a choppy, interrupted schedule of learning for the students at day school. But thankfully, the return to school two weeks ago has been uneventful. And may it continue so until June. Earlier in the

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Enriching the education system by bringing independent schools in from the cold

Many learned, expert observers of Ontario’s educational system have noted over the years that there is a deep dysfunction at its core preventing it from excelling to higher levels and from better serving Ontario’s increasingly diverse and notably civically-minded population.

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Teachers’ dedication and work are deeply appreciated

The return this week to school by GTA-area children was accompanied by the earnest hopes and deeply felt prayers of their parents that this coming year be a “normal” one. Parental hopes and prayers are but one side of a

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How to ensure a legacy that has meaning

Next week brings two beginnings: Rosh Hashana 5782 and the return to school for most of our children. It will indeed be a meaningful week. At least for a few moments next week we will likely think about the significance

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Seeking the full justice of the law

The editorial in The Canadian Jewish News on November 28, 1996 was a reaction to the Supreme Court’s release of its decision in the Adler case. It is this case, as readers of this weekly update know, that provides the

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Good schools, Good Citizens

It was not the main or even a minor reason for the Supreme Court’s decision some 25 years ago in the famous Adler case. However, Madame Justice McLachlin’s singularly devastating comment has survived in popular legal folklore and outlasted the

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The courts are our only option

As readers of the GAJE weekly update know, the federal government gave Ontario $763 million, part of a Safe Return to Class Fund, specifically earmarked to protect the health and safety of children in Ontario’s education sector. Queen’s Park however

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A voice we ought to hear and heed, again

One of GAJE’s longstanding supporters brought to our attention the following instruction to the Jews of America from the late Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz. It was a timely missive to GAJE for only recently, on the 17th day of

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Ontario’s shameful unfairness must be remedied

The collective, society-wide, national campaign against the Covid pandemic shone an unflattering but illuminating light on Ontario’s relentless discrimination against the families who send their children to independent schools. Without remorse or any public explanation, Queen’s Park refused to distribute

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For the sake of our people…and for the sake of truth

The impact of the news story felt more like a knife into the heart than a shudder of concern. The JTA last week published the results of a survey of Jewish voters in the United States. The survey was commissioned

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