Day School Sustainability: Ours to Achieve

By Yossi Prager

eJewish Philanthropy, Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), May 7, 2010

The author states that it is politics rather than constitutional doctrine that stands in the way of additional government funding for general studies at Jewish day schools. Historically, Jews have not used their political capital to seek funding on behalf of parochial schools; to the contrary, historically most established Jewish organizations have opposed and litigated against support for such aid. The question, then, is not whether additional government aid is constitutional or achievable but whether we have the will to organize one another in sufficient numbers to make our voices heard by the politicians we elect. In this Web 2.0 world, the means for grass roots organization are more available than ever, and there are large numbers of young Jews with the facility to exploit the opportunity. Government funding for day schools, of great concern to Jews in their 20s and 30s who someday hope to send children to day school, could be a cause for which the young generation leads their elders.

Topic: Allocations, Day Schools, Education, Public Policy

Name of Publication: Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times: A Roundtable on Critical Challenges and Opportunities

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Prager, Yossi. Day School Sustainability: Ours to Achieve. Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times: A Roundtable on Critical Challenges and Opportunities. eJewish Philanthropy,Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). 7 May 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4955


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