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Support for Jewish Day Schools

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Having published several articles related to the affordability of Jewish schools as well as the Free Jewish Education Movement, we know that there are many readers interested in options concerning ever-increasing school fees.  While many people would be aware of the internal fee assistance programs run by the individual schools, many may not be aware of the following external program, the Werdiger Family Jewish Education Assistance Grants. Galus Australis: Tell us a bit about the history of the grant scheme?…

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Engaging the Next Generation

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The balanced scorecard is one of the better-known strategic performance management tools commonly used to monitor large corporations or organizations. It recognizes that profit is not the only way to measure success, and that only by measuring multiple items across different perspectives can the true performance be understood. The initial design of this methodology encouraged developing measures that gave answers to questions coming from four perspectives: Financial: “How do we look to shareholders?” Customer: “How do customers see us?”…

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I’m Jewish; this is what we do

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I’ve returned from an inspiring AJF lunch lecture in the succah with Helen Lieberman, founder of Ikamva Labantu, a South African not-for-profit that helps develop self-reliant and sustainable community-based organizations in townships. Frankly, extreme poverty in the third world is not high on the pecking order in my personal list of causes, and it isn’t that much higher as a result of meeting and hearing Helen. Nevertheless, I find her story so compelling and there…

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Jewish communal appeal?

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The topic of a Melbourne Jewish community appeal has been debated for several years now, and discussed at many levels and amongst different stakeholders. Fundraising poses huge challenges to not-for-profit organizations of all sizes, and while we often think of ways to make the system more efficient, more equitable, and with greater foresight, the proposed solutions aren’t always the panacea they are made out to be. The situation reminds me of a classic Chassidic story…

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Got Jewish Education?

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Recently, I attended a philanthropic forum to discuss the issue of funding for Jewish education. In a most informative and stimulating day, we heard several different views on the topic from diverse perspectives, which included the day school system, UJEB, tertiary options under development (see here), and the Jewish education provided to students by AUJS. Our city of Melbourne is blessed with a day school system that rivals any in the world in terms of…

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