MAINTAINING TORONTO’S POSITION AS A LEADER IN JEWISH EDUCATION



For over 35 years Alex was a doctor in Minsk, Belorussia. Alex is a Holocaust survivor. Tragically, his wife and a granddaughter died from Chernobyl related illnesses. Alex was sponsored and came to Canada 8 years ago. He stayed with his daughter at first but had to move out due to an abusive relationship with his son-in-law. He was absolutely alone and isolated, and often didn’t have enough money for food and medication. Alex started to attend the Bernard Betel Centre's Healthy at Home program and staff helped him obtain appropriate services. Alex has made many new friends at the program and no longer feels isolated.

Jewish day schools are the gold standard in Jewish education. No other form of Jewish education, formal or informal, provides the robust training in Jewish values, imparts the level of knowledge, or instills the same level of Jewish commitment and identity.

Yet it is the intensity of the educational and sociological experience of day schools that also makes it the most expensive form of Jewish education with an average tuition of $16,000 at the elementary level and $27,000 at the high school level. UJA Federation’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education is committed to working with Toronto’s day schools to buttress affordability and sustainability.

Subsidies

UJA Federation manages North America’s largest day school subsidy system. In 2015/16, UJA contributed $9.8 million to day school tuition assistance, enabling over 2,200 students to attend Jewish day school

iCap

Building on an initial pilot at Robbins Hebrew Academy, UJA launched a new pilot iCap program at the York Region Campuses of the Leo Baeck Day School and Associated Hebrew Day School. The program assists middle income families by capping tuition at a portion of household income. Three new families enrolled their children in day school as a result of the program.

High School Extended Payment Plan

UJA launched a pilot program at TanenbaumCHAT and the Bnei Akiva Schools offering incoming grade 9 students the ability to extend their payment over ten years, alleviating part of the tuition burden. Seventeen families took advantage of the program in its first weeks on offer.

Benchmarking School Costs

As part of an effort to optimize efficiencies in day school costs, the Koschitzky Centre undertook a project to benchmark school costs. The data allows a system-wide view of cost structures and is designed to enable schools to reduce costs.