“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
During last month’s Board Meeting a momentous decision was made. The Board voted overwhelmingly to end ReligiousSchool fees. This means that no longer will parents be charged a fee for enrolling their children in our ReligiousSchool. In their wisdom the Board understood that the obligation of educating our youth is a shared responsibility. Making educational opportunities affordable and accessible for all our members increases Jewish knowledge and strengthens our Jewish community. Ahad HaAm, the founder of cultural Zionism, stated, “Learning, learning, learning; that is the secret of Jewish survival.”
To be a Jew is to be a learned person and to be learned is to be engaged in Torah study throughout one’s life. Temple promotes educational opportunities to young and adult alike. For the young school begins in pre-Kindergarten and continues through Confirmation or ChaiSchool graduation (16 or 17 years of age). Adults also have a vast selection of learning opportunities: Torah Study, Prophet Study, Adult education offerings, Hebrew classes, the Aleinu Series, Scholar in Residence weekends and the Downtown Study group.
I applaud the Board for reminding us that we are all “Life Long Learners” and that the responsibility of making educational opportunities available rests on the shoulders of all our members. And for this we as a community can be very proud!