We welcome ideas, evidence and opinions to enrich the community conversation about our Jewish education. All comments will be moderated, and disrespectful posts will not be published. The Jewish Education Foundation also reserves the right not to publish comments that identify particular schools or individuals.
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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
Thanks for your comment. We agree we do need to hear from every sector of the community.
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.
Thanks for your positive feedback and we hope to make this a possibility for your children.
An important aspect that needs to be identified is to define what Jewish Education is. Each school has curriculums that emphasis their particular ideology.
What is lacking across all Jewish schools in Australia are core minimum requirements for Jewish literacy.
Fluency in Hebrew- Jewish History- Jewish culture- Jewish Religion.
That should be a requirement for all Jewish schools . Otherwise a lot of money and resources are wasted if after 12 years in a Jewish school, students graduate as ignorant Jews.
Thanks for putting forward your thoughts.
I would like to thank the working committee for all the hard work that has gone in to getting this discussion going.
A suggestion, which may have already been put forward: combining the schools into one, with all secular studies being studied together, whilst religious studies being offered via a streamed system.
Thank you that is a great idea and something we will consider going forward.
Great initiative by Alan and the team behind this working paper and group. I feel the goal of affordable jewish education will only eventuate when individual and organizations objectives surrounding the jewish school system are meshed with a new global community goal for the long term benefit of all stakeholders – parents, schools and donors. Hoping it is successful for my children benefit.
Thanks for your feedback – we hope so too.
What a great initiative! The situation is currently untenable for so many parents and children. Lets fix this for the future of our community.
Thanks so much for your comment.