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Jewish Day Schools in Decline
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Jewish Day Schools in Decline

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Published: January 21, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 74

(58) Mike, March 11, 2015 11:31 PM

possible reasons

I do not know about Jewish day schools in North America, but I can say that maybe people suspect that what is going on in the days schools is not focussing on positive,normal activities and on true Torah studies, but rather intrigues and an insincere and hypocritical people, and snobs. I'm not from North America, and I can't know, but maybe this is what people are suspecting.

What can be the answer? Perhaps private initiatives of individual parents. When it comes to intermarriages and young Jewish adults thinking about converting to another religion, the professionals say that the parents should take on mitzvot, but it has to be real! The children will know if the parents are sincere about their beliefs. It does take a lot of investment, some of it financial in books,synagogue attendance,some time,ect. but most importantly fighting the inner yetzer hara that tells us that activity xyz (watching TV,etc) is 'easier' than studying Torah and we could leave it to someone else. I do not know the social situation in North America, and maybe it IS important for young Jews to grow up in a Jewish environment, to date other Jews, but then again 'quantity is not quality', The environment has to be worth something and that can not be bought with money, and conversely, something great can be built with most means. A Rabbi was asked what is more important, the quality of the teacher or the quality of the body of students, and the Rabbi answered that the body of students is more important because they influence one another and the teacher. A great solution -and not just theoretical, also practical, and even demanded-let's be honest here- is Aliyah to Eretz Yisroel, where religious school education (and also non-religious education) is FREE. And you also get a scholarship for Yeshiva studies!! And if you go to Bar-Ilan University, the tuition is $1000 (only 1000 dollars) a YEAR. Try to beat that :-)
You might save several 100K per child on college education.

(57) Mike, March 11, 2015 9:00 PM

what I don't understand

why is it so expensive. Let's do the math. If the parents of each student pay $200 a month and there are 30 students in a class, there are $6000 of funds per month for these students. If the rent for 1 classroom costs $1000 a month, we have $5000.

If there are 5 hours of Jewish education per day, 6 days a week, 4 weeks a month, this equals 120 hours of Jewish education.

So from our budget of $5000 for lessons, we can spend $41.66 per lesson. If a Rabbi/Jewish educator would hold 2 consecutive lessons a day, he would earn $83 for that day. Not too bad.

The secular subjects can be managed through government grants.

(56) abc, February 25, 2012 12:11 PM

Finances are the main reason

Jewish Day Schools are only for the rich. Even with financial aide, it is too expensive.

(55) Anonymous, February 6, 2012 3:06 AM

Everyone, please see reply to #15 way below.

There is a fabulous, new (2 year old), free Charter School, grades 7-12 that teaches Hebrew. No religion is taught there, so we do have to do that our own. But it has been so worth it.

(54) Samuel, January 31, 2012 11:23 PM

Make Aliyah

Simple: Get out of the comfy galus, and make aliyah already. Please.

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