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Rabbi Jim Rogozen

Rather than address day school affordability, the Conservative Movement needs to organize the national flow of all education dollars based on strategies that effectively cultivate and empower the next generation. Our kehillot, USY, Schechter, Ramah, JTS, and AJU, must see Jewish learning in all its forms as an integrated enterprise, and crucial to a common …

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Dr. Marc Kramer

As we think about the day school affordability issue, we at RAVSAK continue to think about the underlying tensions between cost and value. As Jewish day schools increase their capacity to showcase their value and as public schools tighten their belts due to declines in tax revenues, will we see an up-tick in day school …

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Lisa Colton

Today’s institutional landscape is changing rapidly. In their book The Networked Nonprofit, Beth Kanter and Allison Fine coined the phrase “do what you do best and network the rest” as a way for organizations to specialize, and also gain efficiencies by not needing to be all things to all people. Day schools have valuable assets—space, …

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Dr. Harry Bloom

A key part of the Jewish Day School affordability agenda involves leveraging community power to increase revenue and efficiencies. Five particularly promising ideas are: 1. Outsource key services including facilities maintenance for multiple schools. 2. Purchase HR and benefit services through Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs). 3. Create and market leading edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering …

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Jeremy Fingerman

It is imperative that we provide accessible Jewish educational opportunities—both formal and experiential—for every child. As FJC works to confront affordability in our field, we are grateful for the initiative and leadership that PEJE has taken to bring this issue to the forefront of our community. Meeting this challenge necessitates collaboration and innovation across organizations. …

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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We cannot close the day schools nor can we reduce the quality (the top-level education is crucial). We cannot ask for governmental money (as that jeopardizes our crucial commitment to freedom and to keeping religion and state separate). We cannot allow the schools to only be for the upper-middle class and upper class. There are …

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Dr. Len Saxe

Jewish day schools are an invaluable resource for their communities, but with tuition costs that average $15-$20,000, they are out of reach for many families. One path to affordability is to utilize better schools’ physical and academic resources, not only for the benefit of full-time students, but for all of a community’s Jewish children. The …

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Dr. Bruce Powell

In my almost 14 years of working with PEJE and 42 years in the field, the answer for affordability and sustainability of our schools continues to be the same: Endowment. The great prep schools of our nation figured this out over 100 years ago and now they have endowments of hundreds of millions ensuring their …

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