Do Jewish day schools actually work?

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The first day of school is coming up, and when the topic came up in a recent editorial meeting, we realized many of our staffers had strong opinions about the state of Jewish education. Did the kids enjoy it? Did they get a better education than they would have in public school? Was it worth the money? And if you attended day school yourself: did you regret it?

Fundamentally, the team at Bonjour Chai wanted to ask what defines success in Jewish education, and whether Canadian Jews should be satisfied with the state of things. To dissect the matter, we’re joined by Yoni Goldstein, The CJN’s editor-in-chief; Lila Sarick, news editor; and Michael Fraiman, executive producer of podcasts.


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Ilana Zackon and David Sklar. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andre Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. To learn how to support the show by subscribing to this podcast, please watch this video.