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.