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  • What should be done about the (Orthodox) rise and (non-Orthodox) decline of Jewish day schools?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2014 | 4:25 am

    Last week the Avi-Chai foundation released its fourth report on Jewish day schools in America, and the headlines following it focused mostly on the one obvious reality the report highlights: Jewish day schools are doing great, the number of schools and students is growing and is...

  • How to shrink your day school tuition bill by $163,000

    July 14, 2014 | 4:26 pm

    When the parents of three school-age children sat down with their financial adviser to try to figure out how to minimize their anticipated private school tuition bill of $810,000 through high school, they came up with a plan that shrunk the bill by $163,000.

    How’d they do...

  • Al Ashley: Strengthening day schools

    By Rachel Heller

    January 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

    When Al Ashley first began peeking inside Los Angeles’ Jewish day schools to review their business practices, it was partly for personal reasons: He wanted to make sure his three children would get a sound education.

    “I thought, hopefully, it would be a benefit to our children,...

  • Worcester, Mass., synagogue, day school building seized by IRS

    December 24, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    A building housing a synagogue and Jewish day school in Worcester, a city in central Massachusetts, has been seized by the Internal Revenue Service.

    Yeshiva Achei Tmimim synagogue and Yeshiva Academy day school in Worcester were seized for “nonpayment of internal revenue taxes,”...

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  • Veteran generals address day school students

    By Ryan Torok

    November 8, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    “Judaism, the Jewish religion and the history of the Jewish people are steeped in values,” said retired Lt. Gen. David Fridovich, who also served in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret. Addressing a crowd of elementary and middle school students from Sinai Akiba Academy and Brawerman...

  • Gifted diaspora teens

    November 8, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Growing up in Los Angeles, Asaf Shasha, then 16, had everything a teenager could want: a loving family, good friends and a comfortable home. 

    Still, Shasha couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life than the fancy gadgets prized by the kids at his Jewish day school....

  • Reimagining religious school

    November 8, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    From my first interview at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) in 2009, when the search committee declared, “We want revolution, not evolution!” to the visioning work I do with families today, my purpose at the congregation has been clear: to help families build deeper relationships...

  • Day school affordability

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 8, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    In religious Jewish communities, the affordability of day schools is one of the most discussed social challenges. Supporting vibrant, successful, viable Jewish day schools is no less than supporting the Jewish future — our children are our future, and the values we demonstrate and...

  • Jewish day school apologizes to child sex abuse victims

    August 22, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal apologized “unreservedly” to the victims.

    The apology, issued Monday in a letter from the head of the Yeshivah College and the head of the Yeshivah Center, which houses the headquarters of...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gun control, Israel, kosher food at Jewish day schools

    August 15, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Gun Debate Continues

    Dennis Prager puts forth two reasons to own a gun (“Jews and Guns,” Aug. 10). One is reasonable (family protection), the other (Holocaust prevention) not. He suggests we should arm ourselves, so that if they come to get us Jews again, we’ll be prepared for...

  • MATCH to donate $9M to Jewish day schools

    July 11, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    The MATCH program will hold its fourth launch this August to encourage expanding the donor base for Jewish day schools.

    The program, founded by the AVI CHAI and Kohelet Foundations in 2004, aids Jewish day schools by matching donations from new sources at a rate of 50 cents to the...

  • Technology leading the way to lower-cost day school education

    March 29, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    The nondenominational Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey doesn’t have a math teacher. The East Brunswick school instead relies on experienced math tutors who help students work through an online math curriculum relying on outside sources.

    At Baltimore’s Ohr Chadash, a...

  • My Jewish Life

    By Ilana Angel

    January 23, 2012 | 9:13 am

    This past weekend marked the 3rd anniversary of my son’s Bar Mitzvah.  In honor of the day, he was asked to read Torah at Temple.  He accepted the invitation and for the past week I have been listening to him practice which has been lovely.  It made me wonder, is my Jewish life...

  • Opinion: On the money

    By David Suissa

    December 22, 2011 | 11:40 am

    What do you do when you run out of money? When you’re about to be evicted from your home, or having trouble feeding your kids, or simply can’t afford the basic necessities of life? What happens, also, when you can’t afford certain things you consider crucial — like sending...

  • Oakland day school raises $1 million in 10 months

    October 4, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    The Oakland Hebrew Day School in California has raised $1 million in 10 months to match a grant from an anonymous donor.

    The $2 million will be used to provide need-based scholarships for students to attend the Modern Orthodox day school, the Bay Area school announced Tuesday.

    The...

  • Opinion: Make day school affordability a priority

    August 31, 2011 | 11:41 am

    One of the most daunting challenges facing Jewish communities in North America is the high cost of living an Orthodox lifestyle. Particularly in these difficult economic times, when so many are either unemployed or underemployed, the financial demands seem overwhelming.

    The No. 1...

  • I’m a believer

    By Rob Eshman

    June 8, 2011 | 10:58 am

    I was a Jewish school skeptic.

    When it was time to send our first child, our son, to school, my wife, a rabbi, insisted it be a Jewish school. I wondered, like a lot of parents, whether the quality of the education would be so superior to the local public school, or a similarly...

  • Toledo’s only day school closing

    May 31, 2011 | 10:20 am

    The only Jewish day school in Toledo, Ohio, is closing at the end of the school year due to a lack of enrollment.

    The David S. Stone Hebrew Academy will shut down when the school year ends next week, the Toledo Blade reported.

    The school, serving grades K-5, dropped from an...

  • Day school headmaster seriously hurt in Buenos Aires attack

    May 10, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    The headmaster of an Orthodox Jewish day school in Buenos Aires was attacked as he left the school.

    Moshe Cohen, director of Heichal Hatora, was hit in the head with an iron bar Monday as his assailant shouted “Jew, Jew.” Cohen was hospitalized with a serious head injury. The...

  • Baltimore’s Yeshivat Rambam day school announces closing

    May 9, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A Baltimore Jewish day school will close at the end of this school year.

    Yeshivat Rambam, which opened about 20 years ago and taught according to the Modern Orthodox philosophy of Torah U’Maddah, or Torah and secular knowledge, will shut down in June, it announced in a statement...

  • Conference confronts day school future

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 8, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    What was so remarkable about the diversity of the 625 educators gathered at the North American Jewish Day School Conference at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Feb. 6-8 was that the diversity was unremarkable

    The conference, only in its second year but sold out, is cosponsored by four...

  • Budget crunch forcing schools to cut, become creative

    September 8, 2009 | 12:46 pm

    Rabbi Samuel Levine has a problem—and it’s echoing throughout the Jewish day school world.

    Levine, the head of school at Hillel Day School in Boca Raton, Fla., has seen an increase of more than 20 percent in requests for financial aid from the past year. In 2008-09, the school...

  • $10 million in scholarships helps day school flourish

    October 31, 2008 | 6:07 pm

    The start of the new academic year at Irvine's Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School (TVT) ushered in what could be a new era in its outreach to Orange County's Jewish community. This fall, administrators began disbursing the first installment of a $10 million gift from an anonymous...
  • It’s hard to find good day school leaders these days

    By Jacob Berkman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A dearth of leadership talent is affecting not only the likes of Yahoo! and Microsoft, it's also wreaking havoc on the Jewish day school system as schools find it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain qualified heads.

    Representatives from 11 Jewish educational organizations...

  • American Jews are learned in everything—except Jewish texts

    By Rabbi Yosef Liebowitz

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish community is one of the most learned and sophisticated communities in Jewish history - in everything except Jewish texts. As Jews, we are illiterate.

    This phenomenon has its roots in our history over the last 150 years. During that time, the Jewish people...

  • Retaining Educators No Easy Assignment

    By Chanan Tigay

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, Deena Messinger considered leaving her job as a kindergarten teacher at Sinai Akiva Academy in Westwood to teach at a secular private school or a public school. While Sinai pays well relative to other day schools, she said, a switch would mean higher salary and better...

  • Location Isn’t Everything

    By Julie G Fax

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Several times during my visit with Rabbi Karmi Gross at Maimonides Academy, coaches and kids came to pull balls out of the corner of his tiny office in a prefab building smack in the middle of the schoolyard. It didn't seem to bother Gross, who smiled at them as he did at the...

  • The $45 Million Question

    By Julie G Fax

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as word spread about last month's $45 million gift to Jewish day schools in Boston, one question arose for parents and educators around the city: What about Los Angeles?

    While no one is brazen enough to put a definitive number or date on such a godsend in Los...

  • No Jewish Child Left Behind

    By George D. Hanus

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Amid the troubling statistics of the 2000 National Jewish Population Survey, there is one genuinely positive trend. The percentage of children in Jewish day schools is the highest it's ever been. Twenty-nine percent of Jewish children today have attended a day school at some point.

    ...

  • Teacher Shortage

    By Andrea Adelson

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There is no summertime lull at schools for Jewish education.

    Even as day campers toting towel-stuffed beach bags invade day schools and synagogue religious classrooms, administrators are spending their summer scrambling to fill staff vacancies for September, at a time when qualified...

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