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We welcome ideas, evidence and opinions to enrich the community conversation about our Jewish schools. All comments will be moderated, and disrespectful posts will not be published. The Working Group also reserves the right not to publish comments that identify particular schools or individuals.

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  1. Avi.Zaacks says:

    Alan and working group, many thanks for opening the discussion and taking an organised, collaborative and open minded approach to a multi-faceted challenge

    1. Site Manager says:

      Thanks Avi for your comment – it is greatly appreciated.

  2. Rodney Horin says:

    Concerned past parent and future grandparent wanting my children to be to able to afford to provide their children with a Jewish Education and seeing that outcome becoming very difficult. to achieve.Have thought for many years that our Jewish population cannot afford to sustain 9 Jewish Days.

    1. Site Manager says:

      Thanks Rodney we hope to work together to solve this issue.

  3. Shari says:

    Thank you for this initiative from a young family with four young children currently attending a Jewish day school with uncertainty for how long for due to exorbitant fees.

    1. Site Manager says:

      Thanks Shari, we really have families like yourselves at the core of our project and hope for a resolution.

  4. Yaacovmyers says:
    “Good noW!”!, B”H. 1. Are you considering a school (i) for Jewish children or a school (ii) for Jewish education?
    2. It appears to me that the education is towards generating income/and occupation or university entry, not about continuity, which is at the crux of Jewish education and enrolments , financials aside.
    3. Accordingly, secular can be combined and mornings be devoted to religious & continuity issues, Torah learning , language Yiddish, Hebrew as part of translation fo Hebrew texts, prayer and Chassidic insight.
    4. Consider also part-time attendances by those not in the “Jewish day school system”, whether to the issues raised in 3. above i.e. continuity and Jewish education, which keeps our demographics focussed on continuity and also permits enrolment in secular specialist classes, and attract or which is likely to attract the brightest students from outside the system and others to maintain contact with the Jewish student body, in addition to UJEB’s contribution to ensure continuity and Jewish education outside of the Jewish Day school system.
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    “Good noW!”!, B”H. 1. Are you considering a school (i) for Jewish children or a school (ii) for Jewish education? 2. It appears to me that the education is towards generating income/and occupation or university entry, not about continuity, which is at the crux of Jewish education and enrolments , financials aside. 3. Accordingly, secular can be combined and mornings be devoted to religious & continuity issues, Torah learning , language Yiddish, Hebrew as part of translation fo Hebrew texts,...
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  5. Parent and educator says:

    I’m interested to hear/see conversation around Melbourne’s Israeli community. This is a unique subgroup and I believe any conversation about the future of our community needs to tackle this growing part of our community, specifically

    1. Leonie Ben-Simon says:
      The majority of Israelis in Melbourne send their children to state schools. This is because they do not have inter-generational help, and often are themselves helping elderly parents in Israel. There is an obligation to visit their families in Israel at least every two years together with their children, which is part of the family budget. The majority are either renting or buying in suburbs outside the geographical catchment area of our schools. Their children do speak Hebrew, but also have a high assimilation rate. They are eligible to send their children to Yeshiva-Beth Rivkah however both the Ashkenazi Hebrew and the expectations are a disincentive to most Israelis who now form 15% of our Melbourne population.
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      The majority of Israelis in Melbourne send their children to state schools. This is because they do not have inter-generational help, and often are themselves helping elderly parents in Israel. There is an obligation to visit their families in Israel at least every two years together with their children, which is part of the family budget. The majority are either renting or buying in suburbs outside the geographical catchment area of our schools. Their children do speak Hebrew, but also...
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    2. Site Manager says:

      Thanks for your comment. We agree we do need to hear from every sector of the community.

  6. Jo R says:
    Thrilled this conversation is taking place. My husband and I both went to Bialik for high school but a Jewish education is almost certainly out of reach financially for our own children. We would be very interested in an option that was similar to a public school in resources and education standards and facilities but also with Jewish educational content and culture, rather than only the ‘elite’ standards currently on offer.
    Our kids don’t need overseas trips and swimming pools or anything fancy but we would LOVE for them to learn Hebrew and Jewish studies, and be immersed in the Jewish community the way we were. I don’t feel confident that I can give our kids the same Jewish identity that we developed because of our Jewish high school experience, let alone the Jewish social ties we made.
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    Thrilled this conversation is taking place. My husband and I both went to Bialik for high school but a Jewish education is almost certainly out of reach financially for our own children. We would be very interested in an option that was similar to a public school in resources and education standards and facilities but also with Jewish educational content and culture, rather than only the ‘elite’ standards currently on offer. Our kids don’t need overseas trips and swimming pools...
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    1. Yaacovmyers says:
      “Good noW!”!,B”H, Interesting, see my comment, B”H, noW!, “Good noW!”!, which focusses on continuity and of course integration into he Jewish Community as well as education. Add to the a social aspect that encourages inclusion v exclusion that the current system tends to do, and is something we have failed as a community to overcome in the past. I believe this is the bigger picture that faces the Jewish Community, here and the diaspora overseas & even in Israel, as army life and nationalism fuels focus, v a Jewish life of identity and Torah.
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      “Good noW!”!,B”H, Interesting, see my comment, B”H, noW!, “Good noW!”!, which focusses on continuity and of course integration into he Jewish Community as well as education. Add to the a social aspect that encourages inclusion v exclusion that the current system tends to do, and is something we have failed as a community to overcome in the past. I believe this is the bigger picture that faces the Jewish Community, here and the diaspora overseas & even in Israel, as...
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    2. Site Manager says:

      Thanks for your positive feedback and we hope to make this a possibility for your children.